FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Helena FSDO-05
NTSB Identification: WPR16FA170
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, August 28, 2016 in Clinton, MT
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N9936T
Injuries: 2 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 August 28, 2016, about 1445 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 182D, N9936T, was substantially damaged following a loss of control and impact with terrain while attempting to land at the Rock Creek Airport (RC0), Clinton, Montana. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The local flight was being operated in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and a flight plan was not filed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which had departed about 45 minutes prior to the accident from the Missoula International Airport (MSO), Missoula, Montana, with RC0 as its destination.
According to a witness who observed the accident, who is also a certified commercial pilot, upon the airplane's arrival it overflew the airport from east to west, then turned back to the east on an extended right downwind. The witness stated that when the airplane was on final approach it was stable, with the wind being out of the west, "...right down runway 25 at about 8 knots." The witness further stated that when the airplane was about 40 feet above the runway and preparing to land, it suddenly veered 90 degrees to the right, in what he estimated to be about a 30-degree bank angle. The airplane subsequently collided with a stand of trees that bordered the runway on the north, then impacted the ground before coming to rest upright on the shoulder of an Interstate highway. Shortly thereafter, a fire erupted, which consumed the forward two-thirds of the airplane.
The airplane was recovered to a secured location for further examination.
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ROCK CREEK - Fans, family and friends continue to mourn the loss of "Ice Road Trucker" Darrell Ward, trying to understand why a life so full was cut short in a plane crash at Rock Creek.
o cause has been determined for a single engine plane crash that killed two people on Sunday, including a popular reality TV star. Crews spent the day cleaning up the wreckage and transporting it to Bozeman where it will be examined further.
The crash happened around 3 p.m. Sunday when a single engine plane piloted by 56-year-old Mark Melotz from Arlee, and 52-year-old Darrell Ward from Deer Lodge crashed while trying to land at a small air strip just east of Rock Creek on I-90.
Ward had starred in the popular History Channel reality show, "Ice Road Truckers" since 2012. The Missoula County Sheriff's Office says Melotz picked Ward up in Missoula before the incident, but it unknown why they attempted to land at this air strip.
Officials from the NTSB were on scene Monday morning trying to determine what caused the crash.
"We have had the recovery team come out," said lead investigator Thomas Little. "They've picked the airplane up and are taking it back to Bozeman, back to a salvage company and we will be laying the aircraft out and we'll start an extensive examination tomorrow with the airplane laid out, which is much more extensive than we can do in the field."
Little says this investigation could take months to complete, as representatives from the companies who manufactured the plane and its engine will also comb through the wreckage and file a report to Little, who will then write up a final report on the findings.
"We're in the preliminary stages of this whole thing and it takes awhile," Little said. "We don't get in a rush, we're very methodical in how we do this."
Little says the plane was purchased by Melotz as recently as a week before this crash.
Darrell Ward rose to stardom over the past several seasons of "Ice Road Truckers", a fan favorite for his direct, and often confrontational style. Tagged as "The Montana Legend", Ward's personal slogan was "any road, any load!"
He was appearing in the tenth season of the show this summer, being invited back for another season just days ago.
Ward was not only well known in the trucking industry, but here in Western Montana. He frequently took jobs hauling heavy equipment to help wildland firefighters, such as the Copper King Fire earlier this month.
He was also known for giving back, recently organizing a food drive for Louisiana flood victims and planning an appearance in Nova Scotia for Special Olympics.
But in the hundreds of posts online today, he's being remembered most as a father, grandfather and friend.
MISSOULA, Mont. - A witness reports hearing a plane that crashed outside Missoula Sunday, killing two men.
One of them was a Deer Lodge man known for his role on the History channel's "Ice Road Truckers." Darrell Ward was 52 years old.
Mark Melotz, 56, of Arlee, was also killed when their Cessna plane went down along Interstate 90 east of Missoula. Officials say they were trying to land on a small air field at Rock Creek.
A federal investigator is in Missoula, retracing what happened after Malotz stopped at the Missoula airport, picked up Ward and then headed east to Rock Creek.
The Rock Creek airport is a strip of land cluttered with weeds and clumps of grass. It's not used very much.
Dan Ekstrom won't forget what he saw Sunday.
"Looked to me like he was doing what they call touch and go's on the airport, he wasn't landing every time or maybe he was never landing, I didn't pay that much attention to him, but I could hear the engine really roar when he’d take back off after touching down," Ekstrom said.
The sheriff's department says Malotz bought the Cessna just last week from a man in Ronan. It is one of just two accidents that Ekstrom can remember.
For now, fans, friends and family remember the men lost along the side of I-90.
Ward was reportedly in talks to make a new documentary about finding plane wrecks.
Officials aren't sure which man was piloting the craft. It may take up to a year to get answers.
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“Ice Road Truckers” star Darrell Ward was one of two people killed in Sunday’s plane crash near the Rock Creek exit on Interstate 90.
The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office identified the victims as Ward, 52, from Deer Lodge, and the pilot, Mark Melotz, 56, of Arlee.
“It is with great sadness to report we have lost our Montana Legend at the young age of 52,” said a release posted Monday morning on Ward’s Facebook page.
“Darrell Ward had just left The Great American Truck Show in Dallas, Texas where he enjoyed meeting numerous fans and friends and was heading to Missoula to begin filming a pilot for his new documentary style show involving the recovery of plane wrecks when he and his co-pilot crashed and lost their lives,” it said.
The Cessna 182-D crashed on the edge of interstate as it appeared to be attempting to land at the Rock Creek Airport south of Clinton.
Missoula County Sheriff’s Department Patrol Captain Bill Burt said witnesses said the plane appeared to be attempting to land at the south end of the runway.
“Something went drastically wrong,’’ he said. “The plane was trying to climb and appeared to have stalled.’’
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident.
The news release on Ward’s Facebook page said he’d just gotten the news that “Ice Road Truckers” would continue for an 11th season, to begin filming in the winter of 2017.
“When Darrell wasn’t hitting the Ice Roads he would be back in Montana doing what Darrel loved best as a log hauler and occasionally helped local authorities fight forest fires,” it said.
Press Release: It’s with great sadness to report we have lost our Montana Legend at the young age of 52.
Darrell Ward had just left The Great American Truck Show in Dallas, Texas where he enjoyed meeting numerous fans and friends and was heading to Missoula to begin filming a pilot for his new documentary style show involving the recovery of plane wrecks when he and his co-pilot crashed and lost their lives. An investigation is ongoing and more information will be made available at a later time as the National Transportation Safety Board will be handling they investigation.
They things Darrell loved most were his family including his kids and grand-kids & trucking.
Darrell Ward rose to fame with his role on the extremely popular History Channel’s reality show, Ice Road Truckers. Darrell just finished filming Season X earlier this year for the show and had just learned that he had a green light this past weekend for an additional season on the show originally slated to begin filming in the winter of 2017. When Darrell wasn’t hitting the Ice Roads he would be back in Montana doing what Darrel loved best as a log hauler and occasionally helped local authorities fight forest fires.
Trucking has always been a large part of Darrell’s life; from running the harvest rigs with his grandparents and family, to driving trucks from Montana to Alaska and all roads in between. In his free time, you could usually find Darrell giving back to the community any chance he got, he had promoted the most recent food drive to help victims in the Louisiana Floods and was scheduled to appear as the grand marshal for the Truck Convoy for Special Olympics in Nova Scotia.
In his free time, Darrell enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, dirt bike riding and all things outdoors. A self-proclaimed “ADRENALINE JUNKIE”, Darrell was up for any adventure.
His motto, “ANY ROAD, ANY LOAD” fits his personality perfectly.
While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief. His manager and best friend M. Bob Stanton and long time friend Chuck Campbell are expected to make a lengthier statement shortly.
Bruce for Bob/Chuck
Two people were killed on Sunday afternoon when a small plane crashed near Rock Creek, just off Interstate 90, east of Missoula.
Undersheriff Jason Johnson with the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office told KGVO News that the fatal crash occurred at about 3:00 p.m.
“Deputies responded this afternoon at about 3 p.m. along with Missoula Rural Fire and the Montana Highway Patrol to a small single engine plane, believed to be a Cessna, that crashed near the Rock Creek exit of Interstate 90,” Johnson said. “Unfortunately, the two occupants of the plane did not survive the crash. The identity of the occupants will not be released until proper notification to family has been completed.”
Johnson said the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified, and is en route to the scene.
“In incidents like this,” Johnson continued, “the crash investigation will be conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board. The sheriff’s office will conduct coroner duties related to this incident, but all other information will need to be obtained from the NTSB investigators.
Johnson said due to the crash, traffic in the area was delayed.
“The incident required at least one lane of eastbound traffic to be closed while first responders worked the scene,” he said.
The crash started a small grass fire that was headed towards the nearby treeline, but the first responders were able to extinguish it quickly.
It is not known where the aircraft was coming from, or its intended destination, or whether it was attempting to land on a small airstrip in the area.
A small plane crashed Sunday afternoon near the Rock Creek exit of Interstate 90, killing two people, according to the Missoula County Sheriff's Office.
The crash at about 3 p.m. Sunday closed at least one lane of eastbound traffic.
The identity of those on board will not be released until their families have been notified, said Missoula County Undersheriff Jason Johnson.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved," he said.
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, while the sheriff's office will conduct coroner duties, he said.
EAST OF MISSOULA - Missoula County Sheriff's officials declared two people dead at the scene of a single engine plane crash that occurred about 3 p.m. east of Clinton on I-90 near mile marker 126.
The plane struck the ground east of Rock Creek and south of the eastbound lanes of I-90. The east bound lanes are open to single vehicle traffic.
The cause of the wreck remains under investigation.
The National Transportation Safety Board will be handling the investigation.