NTSB Identification: ERA13LA043
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, October 11, 2012 in Palm Coast, FL
Aircraft: DIAMOND AIRCRAFT IND GMBH DA 42 NG, registration: N607PA
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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On October 11, 2012, about 1345 eastern daylight time, a Diamond DA-42 Twinstar, N607PA, was substantially damaged following a hard landing at Flagler County Airport (XFL), Palm Coast, Florida. The designated pilot examiner (DPE) and private pilot were uninjured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Phoenix East Aviation under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The flight departed from Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB), Daytona Beach, Florida at 1240.

According to the DPE and the pilot, the purpose of the flight was to complete a multi-engine check ride. During an approach, the private pilot was instructed to demonstrate a short field landing. While on short final, the pilot reduced power and slowed the airspeed to approximately 67 knots. As the airplane crossed the runway threshold, the airplane descended rapidly and landed hard on the runway. Both pilots reported no any flight control anomalies or mechanical malfunctions that would have precluded normal operation. A post-accident examination by the Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the composite wing spar fractured at the fuselage bulkhead.

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