Thursday, June 9, 2016

Piper PA-28 Cherokee, N6223W, registered to Cherokee Flying Club and operated by the pilot: Fatal accident occurred June 09, 2016 near Wishek Municipal Airport (6L5), McIntosh County, North Dakota

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Piper Aircraft Inc; Vero Beach, Florida 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N6223W

Location: Wishek, ND
Accident Number: CEN16FA212
Date & Time: 06/09/2016, 1521 CDT
Registration: N6223W
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-140
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 3 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 9, 2016, about 1521 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28-140 airplane, N6223W, impacted a lake while departing from Wishek Municipal Airport (6L5), Wishek, North Dakota. The pilot and two passengers were fatally injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to the Cherokee Flying Club and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions existed at the time of the accident. The personal flight departed without a flight plan and was destined for Bismarck Municipal Airport (BIS), Bismarck, North Dakota.

According to the pilot's parents, the pilot was flying his aunt and cousin to Bismarck so that his cousin could receive urgent dental care. The pilot was a member of the flying club that owned the airplane. Another member of the club, who spoke with the pilot about 10 minutes before the airplane's departure, reported that he thought that the pilot and passengers were rushing as they prepared to leave. A witness located on the airport ramp saw the airplane depart on runway 14 and climb out with a nose-high attitude. According to the witness, after entering a right turn, the airplane rapidly pitched down to a nose-low attitude.

Downloaded data from a portable GPS navigation device found in the airplane revealed that the airplane made a right turn after takeoff at 160 ft above ground level and 48 knots groundspeed. The right turn continued for the next 20 seconds during which time the airplane climbed about 30 ft and its groundspeed was between 53 and 59 knots. During the next 8 seconds, the airplane rapidly descended about 200 ft and impacted a lake about 1/2 mile southwest of the airport. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 20, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: Yes
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/22/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/09/2015
Flight Time: (Estimated) 60 hours (Total, all aircraft), 22 hours (Total, this make and model), 5 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0.5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

The pilot, age 20, held a private pilot certificate with an airplane single-engine land rating, which was issued on November 9, 2015. On July 22, 2015, the pilot was issued a third class medical certificate with no restrictions. According to an insurance application dated January 12, 2016, the pilot had accumulated 55 total flight hours of which 17 hours were in the accident airplane. The flying club member who spoke with the pilot before the flight stated that the pilot had flown the airplane a few times since returning from college in mid-May, including a flight on the evening before the accident. The pilot's logbook was not available for review. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N6223W
Model/Series: PA 28-140
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1964
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-20264
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/01/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 21 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3459 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320 SERIES
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 150 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

The airplane was manufactured in 1964 and was equipped with a Lycoming O-320-E3D engine and a Sensenich two-blade, all-metal propeller. On April 1, 2016, the airplane underwent an annual inspection at an airframe total time of 3,459 hours and 1,235 hours since the engine had last been overhauled. The accident occurred about 21 hours after this inspection. The airplane was equipped with a red stall warning light on the instrument panel but was not equipped with a stall warning horn.

The flaps-retracted stall speeds listed in the airplane's flight manual were 64 mph (calibrated airspeed) at 0° of bank and 73 mph (calibrated airspeed) at 40° of bank, which equates to 56 knots at 0° of bank and 64 knots at 40° of bank. These stall speeds were based on a maximum gross weight of 2,150 pounds. At the time of the accident, the airplane's weight was estimated to be about 300 pounds less than maximum gross weight. 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBIS, 1660 ft msl
Observation Time: 1552 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 60 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 303°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C / 15°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 160°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.67 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Wishek, ND (6L5)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: BISMARCK, ND (BIS)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1521 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

At 1552, the weather observation station at BIS, located about 60 miles northwest of the accident site, reported the following conditions: wind 160° at 6 knots, 10 miles visibility, clear skies, temperature 33°C, dew point 15°C, and altimeter setting 29.67 inches of mercury. 

Airport Information

Airport: WISHEK MUNI (6L5)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 2035 ft
Runway Surface Condition:
Runway Used: 14
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3460 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  46.244722, -99.544722 (est) 

Examination of the airplane at the accident site revealed that the airplane came to rest in a nose-down attitude in about 4 ft of water. The damage to the airplane was consistent with a near-vertical descent with a low forward velocity at impact. Following recovery from the lake, the airplane and engine were examined in a nearby hangar. Both wings were intact and remained attached to the fuselage by the main wing spars. The main landing gear assemblies were attached to their respective wings, and both wing flaps were retracted.

The flight control surfaces remained attached to their respective airframe surfaces. No anomalies were noted with the flight control system. Stabilator and aileron control continuity were established from the respective controls to the "T" bar chain. Stabilator trim continuity was established from the trim tab to the trim crank handle in the overhead panel, and the stabilator trim barrel indicated a neutral trim setting. Rudder control continuity was established from the rudder to the rudder pedal assembly.

Both fuel tank caps were installed, and both fuel tank vents were found clear of debris. The fuel selector valve was in the right-wing fuel tank position. A functional check of the fuel selector valve, using low pressure air, revealed that the valve was functional. The fuel pump operated normally when hand rotated, and the carburetor was disassembled and no anomalies were noted.

The propeller remained attached to the engine, and the spinner was attached to the spinner bulkhead and crushed aft. The propeller blades were minimally damaged with one blade having minor abrasions on the leading edge of its tip.

The top Champion REM40E sparkplugs were removed from the cylinders. All displayed a normal worn condition when compared to the Champion Aviation Service Manual (AV6-R). After cleaning with compressed air and contact cleaner, both magnetos sparked normally at all leads during rotation.

The four cylinders remained attached to the crankcase. The rocker covers were removed, and no preaccident anomalies were noted with the rockers, rocker shafts, or valve springs. A borescope inspection of the four cylinders revealed no anomalies with the pistons, cylinder barrels, cylinder heads, valves, or valve seats.

The engine exhaust system was found impact damaged; however, the heat muff was intact with no significant cracks or exhaust erosion. Examination of the airframe and engine revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. 

Medical And Pathological Information

On June 10, 2016, the North Dakota Department of Health medical examiner in Bismarck, North Dakota performed an autopsy on the pilot. The cause of death was blunt force injuries with drowning. The FAA's Civil Aeromedical Institute in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma performed toxicology tests on the pilot. The results were negative for all tests conducted.

Tests And Research

The portable GPS navigation device found in the airplane, a Garmin Aera 560, was recovered from the accident site and evaluated by the NTSB Recorder Laboratory. For further details, see the GPS Factual Report in the public docket for this investigation.

NTSB Identification: CEN16FA212
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, June 09, 2016 in Wishek, ND
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-140, registration: N6223W
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On June 9, 2016, about 1527 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28-140 airplane, N6223W, impacted terrain while departing from Wishek Municipal Airport (6L5), Wishek, North Dakota. The pilot and two passengers were fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to and operated by Cherokee Flying Club under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions existed at the time of the accident. The flight departed without a flight plan and was destined for Bismarck Municipal Airport (BIS), Bismarck, North Dakota. 

According to his parents, the pilot was flying his aunt and cousin to Bismarck to obtain dental care for his cousin. A witness located on the airport ramp noticed the airplane depart on Runway 14 and climb out with a nose high attitude. After entering into a right turn, the airplane rapidly pitched down to a nose low attitude. The airplane impacted into a lake about ½ mile southwest of the airport, coming to rest in about four feet of water in a steep, nose low attitude.



Colbie Fandrich, 20 

Christine Fandrich, 38, and her son Aaron Nordstrom, 10




Mike Folkerts, investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, McIntosh County Sheriff Laurie Spitzer and Wishek Fire Chief Dave Just speak at a press conference Friday afternoon at the Wishek Airport.


The National Transportation Safety Board should have a preliminary report within five days on a Thursday plane crash that killed three people in Wishek.

Colbie Fandrich, 20, of Wishek, was the pilot of the Piper PA 28-140 that crashed into May Lake at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. His aunt, Christine Fandrich, 38 of Bismarck, and cousin, Aaron Nordstrom, 10, of Bismarck, were passengers in the plane, McIntosh County Sheriff Laurie Spitzer said. All three were dead at the scene of the crash.

Mike Folkerts, investigator in charge of the crash scene for the NTSB, said he is working with three people from the Fargo office of the Federal Aviation Administration and representatives from the manufacturers of the plane and its engine.

The purpose of the investigation, Folkerts said, is to try to prevent future similar events from occurring. He said they will look into factors related to the pilot, the airplane and the environment that could have led to the crash.

Folkerts said Friday afternoon he did not know for sure whether there was a witness to the crash. He said there was no way yet to confirm earlier reports that there was trouble on takeoff.

“We’re not sure at this point if there is a witness who actually saw the accident,” said Folkerts, explaining the Wishek Airport is not controlled, so it is not unusual for someone to take off with no one around.

A final report on the crash will not be completed for six to 12 months, Folkerts said.

The plane was believed to be en route to Bismarck. Colbie Fandrich got his private pilot’s license last year, Folkerts said. He said the plane may have reached an altitude of 200 to 500 feet before crashing,

May Lake is about a mile across a grass field from the Wishek Airport. Wishek Fire Chief Dave Just said the water is about four feet deep. A four-person team from Bismarck was working to retrieve the plane from the lake Friday afternoon so it could be inspected. After inspection, it will be taken to salvage in Minneapolis.

The four-seat plane was manufactured in 1964. Folkerts said that’s not old for a plane; there was a high production rate for such aircraft in that decade, he said.

The plane belonged to a club, and Fandrich was believed to have rented it.

Source:  http://bismarcktribune.com 



Officials have released the names of the three people who died in a plane crash near Wishek Thursday afternoon.

20-year-old Colbie Fandrich of Wishek was the pilot. His 38-year-old aunt, Christine Fandrich of Bismarck, and 10-year-old nephew, Aaron Nordstrom of Bismarck, were passengers.

It was a four-seat plane, a 1964 Piper Cherokee, and it crashed around 3:30 Thursday afternoon into May Lake, about a half-mile south of Wishek.

The plane was en route to Bismarck.

The crash happened after complications during takeoff.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are in Wishek investigating the plane crash.

NTSB investigator Mike Folkerts says a site report will be done within two days. The final report could take six to twelve months.

Folkerts says there was no flight plan or air traffic control communication on this flight. He says that's not unusual for a small airport.

He says Colbie Fandrich got his private pilots license last year.

All three victims were wearing seat belts.

Folkerts says a four member team from Bismarck will begin working to recover the aircraft from the water this afternoon.

They'll take it to a hangar at the airport where investigators will begin looking at the plane today.

Folkerts says they'll do things like review maintenance records, look at the engine and check environmental factors like the weather.

The age of the aircraft isn't a factor.

Folkerts says 1964 is typical for a plane's age and that there are thousands of aircraft in use from that time.


Source:  http://www.kxnet.com



Wishek, ND (WDAY TV) - The three victims of a fatal plane crash have been identified by the McIntosh County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities identified the pilot as Colbie Fandrich, 20, of Wishek, one passenger was his aunt, Christine Fandrich, 38, of Bismarck, and her son Aaron Nordstrom, 10, of Bismarck.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol reports that a Pipe Cherokee Plane departed the Wishek Airport en route to Bismarck.

Complications arose during the takeoff and the pilot ended up crashing into May Lake, about 1.5 miles South of Wishek.

All of those on board suffered fatal injuries resulting from the crash.

Officials with the FAA say they should have a preliminary report available within the next five days. They still need to pull the airplane from May Lake to further analyze the wreckage.

The plane likely reached an altitude of 200-500 feet before it crashed into the lake.  The crash remains under investigation.

Original article can be found here:   http://www.wdaz.com



A pilot and two passengers died in a plane crash that occurred 1 1/2 miles south of Wishek Thursday afternoon, the North Dakota Highway Patrol reported.

A 1964 Piper Cherokee plane left the Wishek Airport heading to Bismarck around around 3:30 p.m. Thursday when unidentified complications during takeoff resulted in the plane crashing into May Lake, the patrol said.

The pilot was a 20-year-old man. The passengers were a 39-year-old woman and a 10-year-old boy.

The Wishek Police Department, Logan County Sheriff’s Office, McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office, Ashley Ambulance, Wishek Fire Department and North Dakota Highway Patrol responded to the scene.

No other information was immediately available. The crash remains under investigation by the FAA.

Original article can be found here: http://www.jamestownsun.com

A four-seat airplane crashed in McIntosh County this afternoon, killing the pilot and two passengers.

The plane departed the Wishek Airport en route to Bismarck when complications during takeoff resulted in the plane crashing into May Lake, approximately 1.5 miles south of Wishek.

The 20-year-old pilot and 10 and 39-year-old passengers all suffered fatal injuries resulting from the crash. 

Original article can be found here: http://www.kfyrtv.com

Wishek, ND (WDAY TV) - Three people were killed in a fatal plane crash involving a 20-year-old pilot just South of Wishek this afternoon.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol reports that a Pipe Cherokee Plane departed the Wishek Airport en route to Bismarck.

Complications arose during the takeoff and the unidentified male pilot ended up crashing into May Lake, about 1.5 miles South of Wishek.

The other passengers, a 39-year-old female and a 10-year-old male, suffered fatal injuries resulting from the crash.

The crash remains under investigation. The names have not been released pending notification of family members.

Original article can be found here: http://www.wday.com

2 comments:

gretnabear said...

Mid afternoon 90 degree temps, with 8 mph ENE winds. Runway 14/32 Dimensions: 3460 x 60 ft. / 1055 x 18 m

Jay Oconnor said...

Running out of brains, airspeed and altitude all at the same time.