Thu, Oct 19, 2006
Three POBs Lost
A Diamond DA40-tdi has been lost at sea in a rare fatal accident
occurring to this genre of aircraft, Monday. According its new
owner, the Diamond DA40-tdi (file photo, below), OE-KLA
(S/N D4.008), was manufactured in 2003 and equipped for
Night-VFR operations. The aircraft had been recently sold by an
Austrian company to a Swedish flying club and was in the process of
being ferried by the pilot and two unnamed passengers.
According to sources in the Diamond community, the aircraft had
stopped at Berlin-Schoenefeld airport and departed at 1927 local
time for the next leg... which involved an open water night
crossing. The flight was seen on radar as having executed a
descent, at a reportedly "normal" VS from 6000 to 3000 feet when
the descent steepened shortly thereafter, followed by a rapid,
turning, descent until the aircraft went off radar surveillance at
approximately 2100 local time. The aircraft was last noted about
20nm offshore, over the Baltic, near Trelleborg, Sweden.
A search was mounted, debris and fuel/oil have been sighted, and
all aboard are presumed lost. There were no reports of a distress
call from the aircraft or any apparent foreknowledge on anyone's
part that the flight was in trouble.
The all-composite Diamond DA40-tdi is the Thielert diesel
powered version of the four place DA40 and is a popular touring and
training aircraft in Europe. There have been only two fatal
accidents in the DA40-tdi series and one other in a Lycoming
ANN will have more info as it is verified.
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