NTSB Identification: CEN09CA493
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, July 13, 2009 in Cape Girardeau, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/19/2009
Aircraft: DIAMOND AIRCRAFT IND GMBH DA 40, registration: N544DS
Injuries: 1 Minor.
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 pilot flew his airplane to a mechanic at a fixed base operator (FBO) for repairs to the airplane's brakes. The pilot reported that next day he called the mechanic and the mechanic indicated that the repairs would be complete and the airplane could be picked up later in the day. The pilot called the FBO where the person at the front desk found his keys and indicated that they would be waiting for him at the front desk. There was no note on the keys indicating that the repairs were not complete. The pilot did not detect that the brakes were not repaired during his preflight. The airplane did not stop when pressure was applied to both brakes during the taxi and it impacted a standing fuel truck. The pilot said that the mechanic left him a voice mail message indicating the brakes had not been repaired and that parts would be in the next day; however, he was not aware of the mechanic's message until after the accident occurred.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The airplane's inoperative brakes while taxiing. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's inadequate preflight. Full narrative available
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