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Crash of a Cessna S550 Citation II in Indianapolis: 2 killed

Date & Time: May 22, 2019 at 1243 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N311G
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Indianapolis - Minden
MSN:
550-0041
YOM:
1985
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Indianapolis-Regional Airport, while climbing, the airplane went out of control and crashed in flames in an open field located few miles from the airfield. The aircraft was totally destroyed upon impact and both occupants were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 525 CitationJet Cj2+ in Memphis: 3 killed

Date & Time: Nov 30, 2018 at 1128 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N525EG
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Jeffersonville – Chicago
MSN:
525-0449
YOM:
2009
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
Few minutes after its takeoff from Jeffersonville-Clark Airport, while in initial climb, the airplane went out of control, entered and dive and crashed in a wooded area located 2,5 miles southwest of Memphis, some 6,5 miles northwest of the airport. The aircraft disintegrated on impact and all three occupants were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 525 Citation CJ4 in Marion

Date & Time: Apr 2, 2018 at 1709 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N511AC
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Jackson - Marion
MSN:
525C-0081
YOM:
2012
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On April 2, 2018, about 1709 eastern standard time, a Cessna 525 business jet, N511AC, registered to Avis Industrial Corporation, of Upland, Indiana, sustained substantial damage when it was struck by a Cessna 150 airplane, N5614E, while rolling out after landing at the Marion Municipal Airport (MZZ), Marion, Indiana. The airline transport pilot and 4 passengers of the Cessna 525 were not injured and the private pilot and passenger of the Cessna 150 sustained fatal injuries . Visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area. Both flights were being conducted under the provisions of Federal Code of Regulations Part 91. The Cessna 525 was landing on runway 22 after an IFR flight that originated from Jackson, Michigan, and the Cessna 150 was departing on runway 15 at MZZ a local VFR personal flight. Examination of the accident site showed that the Cessna 150 had struck the empennage of the Cessna 525 at the intersection of runways 15 and 22. Evidence at the intersection showed that the airplanes came together perpendicular to each other. The Cessna 150 then impacted the ground and a post-crash fire ensued. The Cessna 525 continued to roll out on runway 22. There were three witnesses to the accident, located in the airport lounge, within hearing distance of the UNICOM radio. Each witness reported seeing the Cessna 150 just airborne when it struck the empennage of the Cessna 525. Two of the witnesses stated that they heard the Cessna 150 pilot on runway 15 UNICOM frequency. The surviving pilot of the Cessna 525 stated that he did not see the departing Cessna 150 while he was on a straight-in approach to runway 22, nor did he see the 150 during the landing roll. He stated that he did not recall making a radio call on UNICOM, but did utilize his on board Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) system while on approach. He stated that the TCAS did not show any traffic on the airport. Passengers aboard the Cessna 525 were interviewed and all reported that they did not see the Cessna 150 on the approach or during the landing roll. The reported weather at MZZ at the time of the accident was VFR with 4 miles of visibility due to haze. Also, at the departure and arrival ends of runway 15/33, there was a sign stating, "Traffic Using Runway 4/22 Cannot Be Seen, Monitor Unicom 122.7." At the departure and arrival ends of runway 4/22, there was a sign stating, "Traffic Using 15/33 cannot Be Seen, Monitor Unicom 122.7." The MKK airport does not have a control tower. The Cessna 525 was equipped with a cockpit voice recorder (CVR). The CVR was removed and transported to the NTSB Vehicle Recorders Lab, Washington, DC.

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

Date & Time: Feb 22, 2018 at 1939 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N771XW
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Eagle Creek Airpark - Green Bay
MSN:
441-0065
YOM:
1978
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
On February 22, 2018, at 1939 eastern standard time, A Cessna 441 Conquest II airplane, N771XW, impacted terrain following a loss of control in Rossville, Indiana. The airline transport rated pilot and two passengers were fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to and operated by Ponderosa Aviation LLC under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a business flight. Night instrument meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was operating on an instrument flight plan. The flight originated from the Eagle Creek Airpark (EYE), Indianapolis, Indiana, about 1920, with an intended destination of the Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB), Green Bay, Wisconsin. Shortly after takeoff the pilot deviated from the assigned heading and altitude. When questioned by the Indianapolis departure controller, the pilot replied that the airplane was out of control. The pilot then turned the airplane to a heading 90° and explained to the controller that he had a trim problem and difficulty controlling the airplane, but that he had the airplane back to straight and level. The pilot was issued a turn to a heading of 310°, followed by a clearance to climb and maintain 13,000 ft. The pilot was then instructed to contact the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZAU). The pilot checked in with ZAU57 sector stating that he was climbing from 10,600 ft to 13,000 ft. The pilot was cleared to climb to FL200 (20,000 ft) followed by a climb to FL230. The pilot was instructed to change frequencies to ZAU46 sector. The pilot then transmitted that he needed a minute to get control of the airplane and that he was having difficulty with the trim. Communication and radar contact was then lost. Several witnesses reported hearing the airplane flying overhead. They all described the airplane as being very loud and that the engine sound was steady up until they heard the impact. The airplane impacted the terrain in a plowed field (upper field) which was soft and muddy. A shallow disruption of the dirt was present which was about 250 ft in length. The impact mark was visible up to the crest of a slight incline where the main pieces of wreckage began. Trees bordered the east end of the field and just beyond the treeline was a tree-covered hill which descended about 50 ft at a slope of about 50°. The trees on the hillside were about 80 to 100 ft tall. At the bottom of the hill was an 8 - 10 ft wide creek. The east bank of the creek was treelined and beyond the trees were to more open fields (lower fields) which were divided by a row of small trees and brush. The wreckage was scattered in the upper field, down the hillside, and into the lower fields. The entire wreckage path was about ¼ mile in length. Recorded weather conditions present 17 miles west of the accident site were overcast at 1,500 ft with 10 miles visibility. The witnesses reported similar conditions in at the accident site.

Crash of a Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ2 in Michigan City

Date & Time: Dec 27, 2017 at 0645 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N525KT
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Chicago-DuPage - Michigan City
MSN:
525-0058
YOM:
2002
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful flight from Chicago-DuPage Airport, the pilot landed at Michigan City runway 20 (4,100 feet long). After touchdown, the airplane was unable to stop within the remaining distance, overran and lost its undercarriage. It went through the perimeter fence, lost its left wing and came to rest in a snow covered field, about 300 feet past the runway end. Both occupants were evacuated safely while the aircraft was seriously damaged.

Crash of a Raytheon 390 Premier I in South Bend: 2 killed

Date & Time: Mar 17, 2013 at 1623 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N26DK
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Tulsa - South Bend
MSN:
RB-226
YOM:
2008
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Aircraft collided with three residential structures and terrain following an aborted landing attempt on runway 9R located at the South Bend Regional Airport (KSBN), South Bend, Indiana. The private pilot and pilot-rated-passenger occupying the cockpit seats were fatally injured. An additional two passengers and one individual on the ground sustained serious injuries. The airplane was registered to 7700 Enterprises of Montana, LLC and operated by Digicut Systems of Tulsa, Oklahoma, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 while on an instrument flight plan. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the business flight that departed Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport (KRVS), Tulsa, Oklahoma, at 1358 central daylight time. According to preliminary air traffic control information, at 1610:31, the accident pilot established radio communications with South Bend Approach Control while at 11,000 feet mean sea level (msl). The air traffic controller cleared the flight direct to KNUTE intersection and told the pilot to expect a visual approach to runway 9R. At 1611:44, the flight was cleared to descend to 10,000 feet msl. At 1613:06, the flight was cleared to 3,000 feet msl. At 1615:00, the approach controller told the pilot to make a 5-degree left turn to align with runway 9R and asked the pilot to report when he had the airport in sight. At 1615:07, the pilot declared an emergency because of a lack of engine power, reporting that they were "dead stick" and without any power. About 23 seconds later, at 1615:30, the pilot transmitted "we've lost all power, and we have no hydraulics." When the controller asked if the airplane remained controllable, the pilot replied "ah, barely controllable." The controller advised that all runways at KSBN were available for landing and issued the current winds, which were 130-degrees at 10 knots. At 1615:22, the pilot transmitted that the airplane’s navigational systems were inoperative and requested a radar vector toward the airport. The controller replied that the airport was 9 miles directly ahead of the airplane’s current position. At 1616:12, the controller told the pilot to turn 10-degrees left to intersect runway 9R. At 1616:15, the pilot replied "26DK, turning left." No additional voice communications were received from the accident airplane. The approach controller continued to transmit radar vectors toward runway 9R without any response from the accident pilot. At 1618:58, the approach controller told the accident airplane to go-around because the main landing gear was not extended. (The tower controller had informed the approach controller that only the nose landing gear was extended) The accident airplane was then observed to climb and enter a right traffic pattern for runway 9R. The airplane made another landing approach to runway 9R with only the nose landing gear extended. Several witnesses observed the airplane bounce several times on the runway before it ultimately entered a climbing right turn. The airplane was then observed to enter a nose low descent into a nearby residential community.

Crash of a Cessna 421C Golden III Eagle in Connersville: 1 killed

Date & Time: Feb 23, 2011 at 2002 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N3875C
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Indianapolis - Connersville
MSN:
421-0127
YOM:
1976
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
1360
Captain / Total hours on type:
558.00
Aircraft flight hours:
4158
Circumstances:
A witness reported that, despite the darkness, he was able to see the navigation lights on the airplane as it flew over the south end of the airport at an altitude of 150 to 200 feet above the ground. The airplane made a left turn to the downwind leg of the traffic pattern and continued a descending turn until the airplane impacted the ground in a near-vertical attitude. Due to the airplane’s turn, the 10- to 20-knot quartering headwind became a quartering tailwind. The airplane was also turned toward a rural area with very little ground lighting. A postaccident examination of the airplane and engines did not reveal any preimpact anomalies that would have precluded normal operation of the airplane.
Probable cause:
The pilot did not maintain control of the airplane while making a low-altitude turn during dark night conditions.
Final Report:

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

Date & Time: Nov 13, 2006 at 2003 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N611BB
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
South Bend-Ankeny
MSN:
303-00145
YOM:
1982
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.

Crash of a Piper PA-31 Cheyenne in Indiana: 2 killed

Date & Time: Mar 17, 2002 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N125TT
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
La Grange-Anderson
MSN:
31-7400187
YOM:
1974
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
1011
Aircraft flight hours:
3991

Crash of a Swearingen SA226AC Metro II in Fort Wayne: 1 killed

Date & Time: Nov 9, 2000 at 0123 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N731AC
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Fort Wayne-Milwaukee
MSN:
TC-255
YOM:
1978
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
2870
Captain / Total hours on type:
75.00
Aircraft flight hours:
20885