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NTSB Identification: GAA17CA088
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, December 02, 2016 in Payson, UT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/13/2017
Aircraft: DIAMOND AIRCRAFT IND INC DA-20, registration: N992CT
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 solo student pilot reported that, while on a cross-country flight, the weather deteriorated at the destination airport. He decided to complete a touch-and-go landing at an airport along the route and then return to the departure airport. The student pilot further reported that, when he began the flight back to his original point of departure, the airplane had about 3/4 tank of fuel remaining, and a headwind was present. About 10 to 15 nautical miles from the original departure airport, the fuel supply was exhausted, and the student pilot made a forced landing in a field. During the forced landing, the right wing struck a tree and was substantially damaged.
The student pilot did not report any preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The student pilot's improper in-flight fuel planning, which resulted in fuel exhaustion.