FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Helena FSDO-05
NTSB Identification: WPR16FA182
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 17, 2016 in Broadus, MT
Aircraft: BEECH 95 B55 (T42A), registration: N413D
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 September 17, 2016, about 1300 mountain daylight time, a twin-engine Beech (Baron) 95-B55 airplane, N413D, impacted terrain about 20 miles east of Broadus, Montana. The owner/Airline Transport Pilot operated the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. The pilot and two passengers were fatally injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The flight departed from the Billings Logan International Airport (BIL), Billings, Montana, about noon, with an intended destination of Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP), Rapid City, South Dakota.
The airplane wreckage was found by a ranch caretaker as he was returning to work from lunch, about 1300. The caretaker reported hearing an airplane during lunch, but he did not go outside to look for it nor did he hear the airplane impact the ground.
A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator, A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, and a representative from Textron Aviation, the airplane manufacturer, responded to the accident site. The airplane came to rest on a 143-degree magnetic heading on flat land. The main wreckage was confined to the impact area, with all major components identified at the accident site. The airplane's control surfaces remained attached; the left propeller had separated from the left engine and was located just forward of the main wreckage. The right propeller separated and was located underneath the right side cabin fuselage. The nose landing gear was retracted, and pushed up and aft into the cabin where it impacted the front carry through spar.
Both the left and right wing bladder fuel tanks had been breached; however, the smell of 100 low-lead fuel was evident. Both the left and right wings were canted forward, with both engines partially separated from their respective wings. The left propeller blades had light chord wise scratches. The right propeller blades had no chord wise striations.
The airplane was recovered and is in a secured storage facility.
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Investigators say the plane the Brown family was in was a twin engine Beechcraft Baron.
The Director of Aviation at Northwestern Michigan College says this type of plane is typically flown for private use or small charters.
It can carry up to six people.
He says it can be a complex aircraft, meant for a more experienced pilot.
“This is not a large aircraft. These are small aircraft. Slightly larger than what we would even train in here at NMC, but pretty common airplane,” says Alex Bloye, Director of Aviation at Northwestern Michigan College. “It's a pretty popular aircraft. It's known for its reliability and just being able to take people from point A to point B.”
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.
Visitation for the Brown family will take place Monday, September 26 from 4-6pm.
This will be held at the Holy Childhood of Jesus Catholic Church in Harbor Springs.
The funeral is the next day, also at the Holy Childhood of Jesus Catholic Church in Harbor Springs.
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