Thursday, November 24, 2016

Beech 200 Super King Air, Slice Of The 406 LLC, Operated by Flight Development, LLC , N80RT: Accident occurred November 23, 2016 near Moorhead Municipal Airport (KJKJ), Clay County, Minnesota

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Fargo FSDO-21

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA043
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Wednesday, November 23, 2016 in Moorehead, MN
Aircraft: BEECH 200, registration: N80RT
Injuries: 2 Minor, 5 Uninjured.

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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On November 23, 2016, at 1759 central standard time, a Beech 200, N80RT, impacted terrain during a missed approach from runway 30 at Moorhead Municipal Airport (JKJ), Moorhead, Minnesota. The pilot initiated a missed approach after losing visual reference of the runway environment during the final segment of a GPS instrument approach. The airplane impacted a field about 0.5 miles short of runway 30. The pilot and one passenger sustained minor injuries and five passengers were uninjured. The airplane received substantial damage. The airplane was operated by Flight Development, LLC under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 as an on-demand passenger flight. The flight was operating on an instrument rules flight plan. Night instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight departed from Baudette International Airport (BDE), Baudette, Minnesota, at 1714 and was destined to JKJ.

Federal Aviation Administration officials are in northwestern Minnesota looking into what caused a plane to make an emergency landing near the Moorhead Airport.

The privately owned plane landed in a field around 6 p.m. Wednesday near the airport runway. 

Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Trygg says it was not a crash. 

"This was nothing like that. It just landed short of the runway,"Trygg said. "And everybody walked away alive." 

Seven people were onboard and no major injuries were reported. The pilot was taken to a hospital as a precaution. 

Authorities say the accident caused substantial damage to the airplane. 

MOORHEAD, Minn. - UPDATE (7:22pm): Clay County Sheriff's Department says they believe that fog was a contributing factor but can't confirm exact cause of crash.

UPDATE (7:00pm): Clay County Sheriff's Department confirms to Valley News Live that seven people were on board a Beech 200 Super King Air when it crashed just east of the airport in a field.

The pilot was taken to the hospital by FM Ambulance with minor injuries, the six other passengers walked away from the scene.

Some have minor injuries, but all are expected to be okay.

The plane was traveling from a location out of Minnesota.

Right now, the cause of the crash is unknown.

ORIGINAL STORY: Red River dispatch confirmed that a plane has crashed at the Moorhead municipal airport at 3309 70th St S, Glyndon, MN.

Moorhead Police, Clay County Sheriffs and fire crews are on scene.

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A plane with seven men on board crashed in a field just to the east of the Moorhead Airport and it sent emergency crews into action.

Rescue crews responded to the field at 70th Street and 40th Avenue South in Moorhead just after 6:30 p.m.

Authorities say everyone was able to get off of the plane on their own.

The pilot was taken to the hospital to be checked out for minor injuries but none of the others were seriously hurt.

Authorities were concerned about the damage to the plane.

"There's a slight fuel leak to it now," said Lt. Mark Empting with the Clay County Sheriff's Department. "The fire department has been out there. They did check it along with calling the state duty officer. At this point, it doesn't appear to have any hazard of catching fire or anything like that."

The FAA will investigate.

It is not known if the fog played a part in the crash.


Law enforcement and rescue squads are on the scene of a site near the airport where a plane crashed before 6:20pm Wednesday night.

Crews responded to 70th Street and 40th Avenue South in Moorhead.

Clay County Deputies tell KVRR's Nick Broadway that after preliminary inspection of the plane's damage, the pilot made a crash landing.

There were six other passengers on the plane but no one was seriously injured.

Deputies say all were able to walk away from the plane but one person did need to be taken to the hospital.

At this time, investigators are not sure if fog or the weather played a factor.

Hear from rescue squads on KVRR Local News at 9.

We will update you with any details that come into the newsroom.


Law enforcement and rescue squads are on the scene of a possible crash site near the airport.

Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist is on the scene and a command post has been set up.

Multiple agencies from the surrounding communities of Moorhead, Dilworth and Glyndon are responding including police, ambulances and fire.

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Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Seven adult males were able to walk away from an aircraft crash near the Moorhead Municipal Airport.

Dispatch officials say an aircraft reportedly crashed just East of the runway at the Moorhead Airport on Highway 336 around 6:05 p.m.

Emergency crews were sent to 3303 70th Street South in rural Glyndon after a business plane crashed.

The plane was arriving at the airport just east of a plowed field, according to Deputy Mark Empting, Clay County Sheriff's Department. It was coming from somewhere in the state of Minnesota. The plane is a Beech 200 Super King Air.

Seven adult males were on board at the time. The pilot and some of the others on board suffered 'slight' injuries. The pilot was able to walk away from the plane and talk with medics on scene. He was taken to a local hospital by F-M ambulance.

All passengers were able to evacuate the plane themselves.

Officials are still working on determining a cause of the crash. The pilot didn't indicate if weather was the cause but authorities say heavy fog could have possibly played a factor, but that hasn't been confirmed.

Fire officials say there was a slight gas leak coming from the plane but it's not at risk of catching fire.

No word on a damage estimate but there was visible damage to the underside of the plane and to the plane's engine.

The FAA and NTSB will be headed out to the scene to investigate the exact cause of the crash.


MOORHEAD - Emergency crews responded to an aircraft crash near the Moorhead Municipal Airport on Wednesday night.

The crash occurred around 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, where crews found a privately owned, business-type aircraft in a field just east of County Road 11 near the airport runway.

Lt. Mark Empting of the Clay County Sheriff's Office said there were seven passengers on board including the pilot. There were no reports of any major injuries, but the pilot was taken to a local hospital as a precautionary measure. Empting said some passengers were "saying they were sore here and there, but it sounds like they were minor-type things." All passengers were able to evacuate the aircraft on their own.

"It's not an everyday occurrence, it's not an every year occurrence," Empting said of the plane crash. "It's a rare thing that happens which we are fortunate for."

The crash caused "substantial damage" to the plane, Empting added, and crews would be taking a closer look Thursday morning to assess the damage.

It's unknown at this time what caused the crash, but the plane was reportedly traveling from somewhere in Minnesota. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will be doing an investigation.

Responding to the scene were the Clay County Sheriff's Office, Moorhead Police Department and Moorhead Fire Department.


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