Crash of a Cessna 441 Conquest II in Harmon: 3 killed

Date & Time: Nov 18, 2018 at 2240 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N441CX
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Bismarck - Williston
MSN:
441-0305
YOM:
1982
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The aircraft was destroyed when it broke up in-flight and impacted an open field near Harmon, North Dakota. The airline transport certificated pilot, flight nurse, and paramedic were fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Bismarck Air Medical under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan had been filed for the air medical cross-country flight. The flight originated from Bismarck Municipal Airport (BIS), Bismarck, North Dakota, at 2230, and was en route to Sloulin Field International Airport (ISN), Williston, North Dakota. Preliminary information indicated the crew was en route to ISN to pick up a neonatal infant for transport back to BIS. Radar data indicated the airplane climbed on a direct course until reaching 14,000 feet above sea level. Ground speed was at 240 knots. The airplane then entered a steep right bank and radar contact was lost. No distress calls were received. Wreckage was scattered for about 1 mile long and 600 feet wide on snow-covered terrain. The cockpit area, cabin area, empennage, both engines and propellers, and both wings were identified and recovered. Flight control continuity was established.

Crash of a Cessna 208 Caravan in Bismarck: 1 killed

Date & Time: Apr 7, 1998 at 0838 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N868FE
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Grand Forks-Bismarck
MSN:
208-0193
YOM:
1989
Flight number:
FDX8738
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
2265
Captain / Total hours on type:
19.00
Aircraft flight hours:
6140

Crash of a Beechcraft D18S in Bismarck

Date & Time: Mar 2, 1972 at 2218 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N375C
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Dickinson - Bismarck
MSN:
A-600
YOM:
1951
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
5079
Circumstances:
While on a night approach to Bismarck Airport on a cargo flight from Dickinson, the pilot failed to realize his altitude was too low when the twin engine airplane struck power cables, lost height and crashed in an open field located few miles short of runway. The aircraft was destroyed and the pilot was seriously injured.
Probable cause:
Improper IFR operation on part of the pilot who failed to follow the approved procedures. The following factors were reported:
- Instrument misread or failed to read,
- Altimeter setting incorrect,
- High obstructions,
- Hit power cables on VOR approach,
- Altitude setting 30.89 and 30.13 in aircraft while approach transmitted 29.75,
- The pilot was not wearing glasses.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft D18S near Bismarck

Date & Time: Feb 2, 1972 at 0300 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N57CC
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Jamestown - Bismarck
MSN:
A-277
YOM:
1946
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
2326
Captain / Total hours on type:
477.00
Circumstances:
While cruising by night on a cargo flight from Jamestown to Bismarck, the pilot, a full time student, fell asleep. Under autopilot, the twin engine airplane continued for a while before sticking a mountain located in the region of Bismarck. The aircraft was destroyed and the pilot was seriously injured.
Probable cause:
The accident was caused by the physical impairment of the pilot who fell asleep in flight due to fatigue. The following factors were reported:
- Autopilot ON,
- Altitude hold OFF.
Final Report:

Crash of a Douglas DC-3A-269 in Miles City: 3 killed

Date & Time: May 12, 1942 at 1151 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
NC21714
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Chicago – Minneapolis – Fargo – Bismarck – Miles City – Butte – Spokane – Seattle
MSN:
2129
YOM:
1939
Flight number:
NW001
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
11
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
13899
Captain / Total hours on type:
2273.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
437
Copilot / Total hours on type:
77
Circumstances:
After touchdown, the crew was unable to stop the aircraft within the landing distance available. The aircraft overrun, rolled for several yards and collided with construction equipment before coming to rest in flames. Both pilots and a passenger were killed while all other occupants were injured. Delivered to Northwest Airlines in June 1939, the aircraft was destroyed.
Probable cause:
Upon the basis of all of the evidence available to the Board at this time, CAB find that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of the captain to complete the landing run in the time to avoid the obstruction at the end of the runway, for reasons undetermined, and his action in attempting to take off after striking the obstruction.
Final Report: