Crash of a Cessna T303 Crusader in Batesland

Date & Time: Apr 24, 2018 at 0955 LT
Type of aircraft: Cessna 303 Crusader (30368)">
Operator: Aberdeen Flying Service (40963)">
Registration:
N9746C
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Aberdeen - Pine Ridge
MSN:
303-00210
YOM:
1983
Location: Batesland (40967)"> South Dakota (16098)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft departed Aberdeen Airport at 0915LT on a taxi flight to Pine Ridge, carrying one pilot and three passengers, HKG Architects employees. While approaching Pine Ridge from the northeast, the pilot encountered icing conditions and decided to reduce his altitude and to attempt an emergency landing. The aircraft belly landed in an open field located in Batesland and came to rest with its fuselage bent. All four occupants were injured and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Cessna T303 Crusader near Nuquí: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jun 20, 2015 at 1256 LT
Type of aircraft: Cessna 303 Crusader (30368)">
Operator: Private Colombian (33665)">
Registration:
HK-4677-G
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Nuquí – Quibdo
Location: Nuquí (24056)"> Chocó (14252)">
Country: Colombia (13470)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft was performing a taxi flight from Nuquí to Quibdo with one pilot and two passengers on board, an 18 years old woman and her son aged 8 months. En route, the contact was lost with the pilot and the aircraft at 1256LT when it crashed in a jungle located east of Nuquí. The wreckage was located four days later only and the pilot was killed. As both passengers were not found at the accident site, SAR operations were conducted and they were eventually found few hours later, walking in the jungle. It was a miracle as the woman was slightly injured and the baby was unhurt. They were evacuated to the nearest hospital for treatment.

Crash of a Cessna T303 Crusader off Jersey: 2 killed

Date & Time: Sep 4, 2013 at 1020 LT
Type of aircraft: Cessna 303 Crusader (30368)">
Operator: Private American (31833)">
Registration:
N289CW
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Dinan - Jersey
MSN:
303-00032
YOM:
1981
Location: Jersey (21165)"> Channel Islands (14223)">
Country: United Kingdom (13252)">
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft, owned by the British businessman Carl Whiteley, took off from Dinan (Côtes-d'Armor) for Jersey, UK. While approaching Jersey, pilot encountered poor visibility due to fog. On approach, aircraft crashed into the Bay of Saint-Ouen, some 8 km west of Jersey. Search and rescue found some debris few hours later and it was confirmed that both occupants (Carl Whiteley and his wife) were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 303 Crusader in Louisa: 1 killed

Date & Time: Mar 4, 2010 at 1245 LT
Type of aircraft: Cessna 303 Crusader (30368)">
Operator: Private American (31833)">
Registration:
N9305T
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Manassas - Louisa - Danville
MSN:
303-00001
YOM:
1981
Location: Louisa (22395)"> Virginia (16422)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
2255
Aircraft flight hours:
1374
Circumstances:
During takeoff, one witness noted that at least one engine seemed to be running rough and not making power. Several other witnesses, located about 1/2 mile northwest of the airport, observed the accident airplane pass overhead in a right turn. They reported that the engine noise did not sound normal. Two of the witnesses noted grayish black smoke emanating from the airplane. The airplane then rolled left and descended nose down into the front yard of a residence. Review of maintenance records revealed the airplane underwent an annual inspection and extensive maintenance about 3 months prior to the accident. One of the maintenance issues was to troubleshoot the right engine that was reportedly running rough at cruise. During the maintenance, the right engine fuel pump, metering valve, and fuel manifold were removed and replaced with overhauled units. Additionally, the right engine fuel flow was reset contrary to procedures contained in an engine manufacturer service information directive; however, the fuel pump could not be tested due to thermal damage and the investigation could not determine if the fuel flow setting procedure contributed to the loss of power on the right engine. On-scene examination of the wreckage and teardown examination of both engines did not reveal any preimpact mechanical malfunctions. Teardown examination of the right propeller revealed that the blades were not at or near the feather position, which was contrary to the emergency procedure published by the manufacturer, to secure the engine and feather the propeller in the event of an engine power loss. The right propeller exhibited signatures consistent with low or no power at impact, while the left propeller exhibited signatures consistent of being operated with power at impact.
Causes:
The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control and secure the right engine during a loss of engine power after takeoff. Contributing to the accident was the loss of engine power on the right engine for undetermined reasons.
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 303 Crusader in Honduras: 1 killed

Date & Time: Dec 5, 2009 at 1830 LT
Type of aircraft: Cessna 303 Crusader (30368)">
Operator: Private Colombian (33665)">
Registration:
HK-4324-G
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
MSN:
303-00019
YOM:
1981
Location: Honduras (20799)"> All Honduras (13648)">
Country: Honduras (13443)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Pilot was performing an illegal flight with a bag containing 25 kg of cocaine on board. He decided to land in a private airstrip in Punta de Ocote but on final, aircraft hit tree tops and crashed in flames on a road, killing an 18 years old motorcyclist. Aircraft was destroyed by post impact fire and pilot was unhurt.

Crash of a Cessna 303 Crusader in Ecuador: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jun 6, 2009 at 1300 LT
Type of aircraft: Cessna 303 Crusader (30368)">
Operator: Private Ecuadorian (39213)">
Registration:
HC-BRD
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Guayaquil - Santo Domingo
MSN:
303-00084
YOM:
1981
Country: Ecuador (13475)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
While cruising in bad weather conditions, aircraft crashed in the mountainous region of Santa Rosa del Toachi, in Ecuador. Pilot was killed.
Causes:
Pilot was flying visually in IMC conditions.

Crash of a Cessna 303 Crusader in Zadar: 4 killed

Date & Time: Feb 5, 2009 at 1600 LT
Type of aircraft: Cessna 303 Crusader (30368)">
Operator: Aero Klub Ban (36497)">
Registration:
9A-DLN
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Zagreb-Zadar
MSN:
303-00089
Location: Zadar (28228)"> Zadar (16540)">
Country: Croatia (13282)">
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:

While approaching Zadar airport, the twin engine aircraft crashed in the Velebit mountains in bad weather conditions. All four occupants were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 303 Crusader in Bratislava: 3 killed

Date & Time: Dec 10, 2007 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft: Cessna 303 Crusader (30368)">
Operator: Getro (36621)">
Registration:
9A-DGV
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Zagreb-Bratislava
MSN:
303-00186
Country: Slovakia (13287)">
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:

On approach to Bratislava-Milan Ratislav Stefanik airport, the twin engine aircraft crashed few kilometres short of runway for unknow reasons. All three occupants were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 303 Crusader in South Bend: 5 killed

Date & Time: Nov 13, 2006 at 2003 LT
Type of aircraft: Cessna 303 Crusader (30368)">
Operator: CPRT Investment (35845)">
Registration:
N611BB
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
South Bend-Ankeny
MSN:
303-00145
YOM:
1982
Location: South Bend (26390)"> Indiana (14772)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Captain / Total flying hours:
504
Aircraft flight hours:
4577
Circumstances:

The aircraft was carrying 5 people (4 businessmen and a pilot) from South Bend, Indiana, to Ankeny, Iowa. Few minutes after takeoff, while flying at 5,700 feet, the aircraft spiraled down to about 1,200 feet and crash in a vertically position. Nobody survived.