Thursday, June 9, 2016

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

CHEROKEE FLYING CLUB: http://registry.faa.gov/N6223W

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Fargo FSDO-21

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.
 
Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov,  and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.



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.