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Crash of a Piper PA-31T Cheyenne I in Billings: 1 killed

Date & Time: Apr 20, 2020 at 0950 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N926K
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
31-8004046
YOM:
1980
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from runway 28L at Billings-Logan Intl Airport, while in initial climb, the pilot was cleared by ATC to climb to the assigned altitude. The pilot failed to acknowledge the clearance when the aircraft went out of control and crashed about a mile northwest of the airfield, bursting into flames. The pilot, sole on board, was killed.

Crash of a Rockwell Grand Commander 690A in Miles City

Date & Time: Jan 7, 1987 at 1359 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N57133
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Billings – Miles City
MSN:
690-11133
YOM:
1973
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
2398
Captain / Total hours on type:
45.00
Aircraft flight hours:
6216
Circumstances:
The pilot of the nonscheduled domestic passenger air taxi flight was flying the VOR/DME runway 22 approach to Wiley Field, Miles City, MT. The pilot said he turned on the autopilot and after turning inbound from the procedure turn towards the faf he engaged the approach mode. After crossing the faf the pilot descended to MDA and engaged the altitude hold mode. When he reached the map the pilot started to make a missed approach but a passenger, seated next to him in the copilot's seat, reported the runway in sight. The pilot said he saw the runway and retarded the throttles in order to descend for landing. The aircraft nose pitched up abruptly, the aircraft stalled, and mushed to the ground. The aircraft hit hard and skidded off the runway. Two occupants were injured and four others escaped uninjured.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: abrupt maneuver
Phase of operation: approach - faf/outer marker to threshold (ifr)
Findings
1. Weather condition - low ceiling
2. (c) autopilot - improper use of - pilot in command
3. Weather condition - obscuration
4. (c) throttle/power control - reduced - pilot in command
5. Weather condition - fog
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Occurrence #2: loss of control - in flight
Phase of operation: approach - faf/outer marker to threshold (ifr)
Findings
6. (c) stall/mush - inadvertent - pilot in command
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Occurrence #3: in flight collision with terrain/water
Phase of operation: descent - uncontrolled
Findings
7. Terrain condition - runway
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 414 Chancellor in Billings: 1 killed

Date & Time: May 24, 1985 at 1452 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N333AA
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Billings - Billings
MSN:
414-0476
YOM:
1974
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
19633
Captain / Total hours on type:
1000.00
Aircraft flight hours:
3433
Circumstances:
The pilot was making a short (35 minutes) local flight to 'check N333AA over' before turning it over to its new owner. The aircraft collided with the ground in a steep descent, wings level, attitude during an entry into the traffic pattern at Billings, Montana. VMC prevailed at the time. Witnesses said the engines were operating and there was no apparent attempt by the pilot to avoid the crash. The pilot, sole on board, was killed.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: in flight collision with terrain/water
Phase of operation: approach
Findings
1. (c) altitude - not maintained - pilot in command
2. (c) incapacitation - pilot in command
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft Queen Air 65 in Billings: 4 killed

Date & Time: Apr 27, 1964 at 1005 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N451H
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Boise – Billings
MSN:
LC-90
YOM:
1961
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Captain / Total flying hours:
7041
Circumstances:
On final approach to Billings-Logan Airport, one of the engine failed. Control was lost and the airplane crashed in flames onto a house. The aircraft was destroyed and all four occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
The accident was caused by a mismanagement of fuel on part of the crew. Due to inadequate supervision of flight, a fuel starvation occurred.
Contributing factors were:
- Improper emergency procedures,
- Partial loss of power on one engine,
- Complete engine failure/flameout on one engine,
- Fire after impact.
Final Report:

Crash of a Douglas C-47B-45-DK in Billings: 19 killed

Date & Time: Dec 8, 1945 at 0113 LT
Operator:
Registration:
45-0922
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Minneapolis – Fargo – Billings
MSN:
16925/34183
YOM:
1945
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
21
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
19
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a flight from Fargo to Billings with 21 veterans on board. In flight, the weather conditions at destination worsened and visibility dropped from 10 miles to half a mile due to heavy snow storm. On final approach to Billings Airport, the aircraft was too low, hit a tree and crashed in flames in a snow covered field, 400 meters short of runway threshold. Both pilots and 17 passengers were killed, four others were seriously injured. Those killed were:
Crew:
Cpt George D. Miller, pilot,
Cpt Vernon Pfannkuch, pilot.
Maj Ray Craft,
S/Sgt Thomas Thomsen,
T/Sgt Glenn Marr,
Sgt Don Haley,
Tec Virgil Kinne,
Tec Warren Parrish,
Lt Anthony Alnsky,
Pfc Clayton Thompson,
Tec Fred Chapman,
Pfc Maceo Hobbs,
Pfc Walter Orchard,
Tec John Marshall,
Sgt Charles Ennen,
Cpl Lorrell Cassell,
Tec Ned Neasham,
Pfc David Gillett,
Tec Adolph Tokie.
Those who survived were:
Tec Emil A. Hasch,
Pfc Raymond Parkins,
Cpl Milford Barnes,
Tec Raymond Emerson.
Probable cause:
According to the Air Force Historical Research Agency, it appears that the pilot descended too rapidly during the last turn to the left and failed to allow for the possibility of a downdraft. At any rate, (the) pilot wound up below the level of the field, still in a turning attitude, (then the) aircraft struck a tree, crashed and burned.

Crash of a Ford 4 in Billings: 2 killed

Date & Time: Nov 21, 1942 at 0811 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
NC6892
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
4-AT-028
YOM:
31
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Crashed on take off from Billings Airport, killing both crew members who were on a delivery flight to the US Army Engineer Corps.
Probable cause:
Excessive accumulation of ice on airframe, wings and elevators caused the aircraft to stall after rotation.

Crash of a Lockheed 14H Super Electra in Billings: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jul 8, 1938 at 0256 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
NC17383
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Seattle – Spokane – Helena – Billings – Fargo
MSN:
1402
YOM:
1938
Flight number:
NW004
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
11500
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Billings Airport by night, while in initial climb, the twin engine aircraft stalled and crashed past the runway end. A passenger was killed while all nine other occupants were injured.
Crew:
Walter R. Bullock, pilot,
Lester H. Doan, copilot.
Probable cause:
It is the opinion of the Investigating Board that the probable caused of this accident was a stall at low altitude, following take-off, from which the pilot was unable to recover, due to lack of emergency power.
Final Report: