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Crash of a Cessna 550 Citation II in Fargo

Date & Time: Nov 30, 2018 at 1353 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N941JM
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Williston - Fargo
MSN:
550-0146
YOM:
1980
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On November 30, 2018, about 1353 central standard time, a Cessna 550, N941JM, departed controlled flight while on approach at the Hector International Airport (FAR), Fargo, North Dakota, and impacted the terrain to the right of the runway. The pilot and one passenger were not injured, and 9 passengers received minor injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to the Slice of the 406 LLC and operated by Dirt Dynamics, Inc. under the provisions of the Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a business flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and the flight was operating on an instrument flight plan. The flight departed from the Sloulin Field International Airport (ISN), Williston, North Dakota, about 1250 with FAR as the destination. The pilot reported that the airplane encountered a cloud layer that was about 2,500 ft thick while he was on the approach to FAR. He stated that there was ice buildup on the wing surfaces, but he activated the deice boots several times during the approach to runway 18 (9,001 ft by 150 ft, concrete) and the airplane's performance was normal. The airplane became clear of the clouds about 400 ft above the ground (agl) and it was right of centerline. He flew back onto the centerline maintaining 120 kts during the descent. About 100 ft agl, the airplane started "pulling to the right." He applied left aileron and left rudder, and advanced the throttle to go-around. The airplane continued to the right and impacted the terrain seconds later. A witness, who observed the accident from his office window which faced the approach threshold for runway 18, reported that he "watched the airplane fall out of the sky." He explained that he saw the wings slowly "fluttering" back and forth and recognized that the airplane was about to stall from an altitude of 130 to 140 ft agl. He said the airplane's nose pitched up and then the right wing went down. He could see the belly of the airplane and he estimated that the angle of bank was possibly 80°. The passenger, who was sitting in the right seat of the cockpit, reported that the airplane started to take on ice on the windshield and the deicing boot on the right wing while they were on the approach in the clouds. He reported that the approach was normal until they neared the ground when the tail started "fish tailing." He saw the pilot push the throttles forward; however, the left wing climbed and the airplane "pulled hard to the right." The airplane impacted the ground on its right wing and then impacted back on its belly. The initial examination of the airplane revealed that the right wing's outboard section was pushed up and aft. The nose wheel landing gear assembly was bent to the right, and the nose wheel trunnion assembly was broken in two pieces. The nose wheel assembly was separated from the fuselage with part of the trunnion attached to the wheel assembly. The left main landing gear was found folded into the gear wheel well, and the landing gear components were pushed upwards through the upper wing surface above the gear well. The examination of the wreckage revealed that there was about ½ inch of mixed ice on the leading edge of the right wing, vertical stabilizer, horizontal stabilizer, and on the angle of attack (AOA) indicator. At 1353, the surface weather observation at FAR was wind 200° at 10 kts; 5 miles visibility; mist; overcast ceiling at 400 ft; temperature -1° C; dew point -1° C; and an altimeter setting of 29.91 inches of mercury.

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
Site:
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 Gwinner

Date & Time: Sep 23, 2004 at 2345 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N7392B
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Fergus Falls-Gwinner
MSN:
208-0045
YOM:
1987
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
17420
Captain / Total hours on type:
50.00
Aircraft flight hours:
11945
Circumstances:
The pilot was performing a cargo flight from Fergus Falls (Minnesota) to the Gwinner-Roger Melroe Field airport, North Dakota. On night approach, the single engine aircraft struck the ground few miles short of runway and the pilot was seriously injured. Weather conditions were unfavorable at the time of the accident.

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 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 Beechcraft Queen Air 80 in North Dakota: 1 killed

Date & Time: Apr 12, 1995 at 0843 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N7057J
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Sioux Falls-Fargo
MSN:
LD-291
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
6100
Captain / Total hours on type:
250.00
Aircraft flight hours:
6887

Crash of a Cessna 401 in Minot AFB: 4 killed

Date & Time: Feb 24, 1994 at 0949 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N4071Q
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Devil's Lake-Rolla
MSN:
401-0115
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Captain / Total flying hours:
5380
Captain / Total hours on type:
1500.00
Aircraft flight hours:
4220

Crash of a Beechcraft VC-45J Expeditor near Jamestown: 1 killed

Date & Time: May 2, 1978 at 2350 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N94460
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Jamestown - Fargo
MSN:
5867
YOM:
1943
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
2510
Captain / Total hours on type:
1222.00
Circumstances:
Shortly after a night takeoff from Jamestown Airport, the twin engine airplane encountered difficulties to gain height when it struck power cables and crashed in a field located in Spiritwood, about eight miles from the airport. The aircraft was destroyed and the pilot, sole on board, was killed.
Probable cause:
Collision with power lines for undetermined reasons.
Final Report:

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:

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: