Preliminary Accident Reports

July 2009 Issue

May 9, 2009, Montgomery, N.Y., Diamond Aircraft DA 40

A flight instructor with four total hours as a CFI was training a student pilot. The student made three touch and go landings, during which the CFI later stated the student did not maintain airspeed, resulting in a high sink rate. He instructed the student to conduct a short-field approach with an obstacle. The airplane descended to 25 feet over the runway when its airspeed decayed and it descended sharply.

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