NTSB Identification: WPR09CA322
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 01, 2009 in Spanish Fork, UT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/10/2009
Aircraft: DIAMOND AIRCRAFT IND INC DA 20-C1, registration: N765DC
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The student pilot reported that his final approach to the runway was high and that he "slipped" the airplane to lose altitude. As the airplane crossed over the runway, he pitched the airplane forward to prepare for landing. The student pilot stated that he "felt the [air]plane losing forward momentum and added throttle to compensate." The airplane landed hard, bounced back into the air, and began to drift to the left. As the student pilot attempted to abort the landing by applying full throttle and reducing flaps, the airplane landed hard and exited the runway to the left. Subsequently, the airplane impacted a ditch, which resulted in structural damage to the rudder, left aileron, fuselage, and engine firewall. The student pilot reported no mechanical anomalies with the engine or airframe prior to the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The student pilot’s improper landing flare.

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