Thursday, September 7, 2017

Cessna 182Q Skylane, N735KQ, Battle Rock Engineering LLC: Accident occurred September 06, 2017 near Fairfield Airport (5U5), Teton County, Montana

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena, Montana

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Battle Rock Engineering LLC:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA529
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 06, 2017 in Fairfield, MT
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N735KQ
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that, during an instrument flight rules cross-country flight, he realized the airplane was "very low on fuel." He added that, with air traffic control's assistance, he diverted to an airport along his route, which was about 30 nautical miles from the intended destination. He further added that he had difficulty locating the airport visually, and when he did locate the runway, the airplane was "too high" to land. Subsequently, as the pilot continued descending and maneuvering toward the runway, the engine lost power, and he landed in a field. He added that, the airplane "hit the field hard," bounced, and struck a utility pole prior to stopping.

The pilot further reported in the NTSB Pilot/ Operator Aircraft Accident/ Incident Report, that he was informed that no fuel was found in the airplane and that the right fuel cap was not installed. He reported that he added fuel to both fuel tanks at the departure airport and there was a "possibility/ likelihood" that he did not secure the right fuel cap during preflight. He added that during the diversion, he did not complete the "forced landing checklist."

The airplane was destroyed. 

The pilot did not report that there were any preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

A small private plane crashed a mile or so shy of the Fairfield Airport landing on a rural road in Teton County Wednesday night. The pilot of the plane survived the crash and was taken by the Fairfield ambulance to a Great Falls hospital.The Fairfield ambulance, Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department, Teton County sheriff's deputies and the Montana Highway Patrol responded to the accident scene.

Martin Teague, 60, of Bothell, Washington, the pilot of a small private plane sustained non-life threatening facial lacerations and chest injuries in a crash Sept. 6 on a rural Fairfield road off First Lane Northeast and Second Road Northeast.

The pilot, who was planning to land at the Great Falls International Airport according to his flight plan, radioed that he was low on fuel and was attempting to land at the rural Fairfield airport, about 35 miles north of Great Falls. Teton County Sheriff Keith VanSetten said Teague was able to land the plane in a field and traveled about 120 feet when the wing of the single-engine Cessna 182 hit a power pole, tearing off a large portion of the wing and flipping the plane onto the roadway. He was about .75 of a mile away from the Fairfield airport.

The crash was reported at 8 p.m. with the Montana Highway Patrol, Fairfield Rural Volunteer Fire Department, Teton County sheriff’s deputies and the Fairfield ambulance responding. The Fairfield ambulance transported the pilot to Benefis in Great Falls. He was communicating with the crew at the site of the crash, according to fire officials.

Heavy smoke from Montana fires hanging over Fairfield at the time of the accident reduced visibility.

An official from the Federal Aviation Administration in Helena was on the site of the crash Thursday morning. An FAA official in Helena said the National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation into the crash and his agency along with the other agencies that responded to the crash will work together on the investigation. It could take up to a year before the official report on the crash is released, the Helena FFA official said.

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