Friday, March 17, 2017

Cessna 210B Centurion, Groves Vig & Vig LLP, N9581X: Fatal accident occurred March 16, 2017 near Vig Limousin Airport (1SD4) Faith, Meade County, South Dakota

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rapid City, South Dakota 
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama 

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

Groves Vig & Vig LLP: http://registry.faa.gov/N9581X

NTSB Identification: CEN17FA132 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Opal, SD
Aircraft: CESSNA 210B, registration: N9581X
Injuries: 1 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 March 16, 2017, about 1640 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 210B airplane, N9581X, impacted terrain near Vig Limousin Ranch Airstrip (1SD4), Opal, South Dakota. The pilot was fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to and operated by Groves Vig & Vig LLP under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which departed from Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP), Rapid City, South Dakota without a flight plan at 1606. 

Following an annual inspection of the airplane, the pilot was returning to Faith Municipal Airport (D07), Faith, South Dakota, where the airplane was normally stored. En route to D07, the pilot flew to 1SD4, which was adjacent to his ranch home. The airplane subsequently impacted a hill 275 yards from the departure end of Runway 31 at 1SD4 and came to rest 175 feet beyond the initial impact crater. No witnesses observed the accident.

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.

Barry Wayne Vig, 67, Opal, died Thursday, March 16, 2017 at his ranch near Opal as the result of an airplane accident.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the Church of Christ in Faith.

Funeral services will be Monday, March 27, 2017, at 1:30 p.m., at the Faith Community Center. Burial follows at the Opal Cemetery.


OPAL | A Meade County man died in a plane crash near his home early Friday morning.

Officials confirmed Friday afternoon that the victim was Barry Vig, a 67-year-old Opal man. Friends said the man, a longtime pilot, ranched about 14 miles east of Opal and had a landing strip at the ranch.

"They expected him home at a certain time and he wasn't," said Kay Ingalls of Opal. "I got a call about 2 a.m. from the prayer chain asking for prayers."

A release from the Meade County Sheriff's Office said Vig was piloting the airplane and was the only person on board. The plane crashed on Vig's property, according to the release. 

Lt. Col Bruce Kipp, director of public affairs for the South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, confirmed that the CAP had been called out to search for the plane.

Opal is an unincorporated community in Meade County, about 96 miles northeast of Rapid City. Kipp said the plane was en route from Rapid City to Faith, about 30 miles east of Opal, when the crash happened. The landscape around Opal includes large swathes of rolling grass and farm land dotted with small ranches. 


Source:   http://rapidcityjournal.com

OPAL | A Meade County man died in a plane crash near his home early Friday morning.

Officials are not releasing the name of the individual, but friends said the man, a longtime pilot, ranched about 14 miles east of Opal and had a landing strip at the ranch.

"They expected him home at a certain time and he wasn't," said Kay Ingalls of Opal. "I got a call about 2 a.m. from the prayer chain asking for prayers."

Lt. Col Bruce Kipp, director of public affairs for the South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, confirmed that the CAP had been called out to search for the plane.

Kipp said the plane was en route from Rapid City to Faith when the crash happened.

"We picked up the beacon and spotted the wreckage near Opal," he said. "We guided the Meade County Sheriff's deputies ground team to the site where they recovered the body of the pilot."

Source:   http://rapidcityjournal.com

OPAL, SD (KOTA) Around 5:30 p.m. Thursday a Cessna 210 crashed south east of Opal, South Dakota, in Meade County.

There was only one person on-board at the time of the crash, who did not survive.

According to the Civil Air Patrol the plane was flying from Rapid City to Faith when it went missing. Around 3 a.m. Friday the plane was discovered.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

Story and video:   http://www.kotatv.com

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