Preliminary Accident Reports

May 2011 Issue

March 7, 2011, Allagash, Maine, Diamond DA40 Star

At approximately 1345 Eastern time, the Canada-registered airplane was substantially damaged when it impacted a wooded area. The commercial pilot received serious injuries and the private pilot-rated passenger was killed. Instrument conditions prevailed and the flight was operating under an IFR clearance. An Airmet existed for light-to-moderate icing below 14,000 feet and, at the pilotís request, the aircraft was issued vectors around mountainous terrain in an attempt to remain below icing conditions.

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