Crash of a Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain in Ardoch: 2 killed

Date & Time: Aug 18, 1995 at 1642 LT
Registration:
N85115
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Thief River Falls-Minot
MSN:
31-7405182
YOM:
1974
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
40000
Captain / Total hours on type:
3000.00
Aircraft flight hours:
8814

Crash of a Douglas DC-3A in Sheridan: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jul 18, 1977 at 0535 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N459
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Sheridan - Sheridan
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
8530
Captain / Total hours on type:
3000.00
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a crop spraying mission against grasshoppers in the region of Sheridan. While flying at a relative low altitude, the crew made a 45° turn when the airplane stalled, spiraled and crashed in flames. Both occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Stall during turnaround while the crew was flying into blind canyon. The following contributing factors were reported:
- inadequate preflight preparation,
- Improper in-flight decisions,
- Failed to maintain flying speed,
- Hilly terrain.
Final Report: