Sunday, September 24, 2017

Mitsubishi MU-2B-40 Solitaire, N73MA, RA Aircraft Management Inc: Fatal accident occurred September 23, 2017 near Ainsworth Regional Airport (KANW), Brown County, Nebraska

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

RA Aircraft Management Inc:

NTSB Identification: CEN17FA362
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 23, 2017 in Ainsworth, NE
Aircraft: MITSUBISHI MU 2B-40, registration: N73MA
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 September 23, 2017, about 1028 central daylight time, a Mitsubishi MU 2B-40 airplane, N73MA, was destroyed when it impacted terrain 3.5 miles northeast of the Ainsworth Regional Airport (ANW), Ainsworth, Nebraska. The private pilot was fatally injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed and a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight. The airplane was originating at the time of the accident and was en route to Bottineau Municipal Airport (D09), Bottineau, North Dakota.

According to the airport manager, the airplane was fueled in a hangar just prior to the flight. The airport manager watched the airplane depart from runway 35 (6,824 feet by 110 feet; asphalt) and enter the clouds. Several witnesses in the area reported hearing the airplane takeoff and a loud noise shortly thereafter; however, the witnesses attributed the loud noise to a thunderstorm in the area. The airplane was reported missing by a friend of the pilot when the airplane did not arrive at D09. The wreckage was located around 1800 that night.

At the time of the accident the wind was 360 degrees at 10 knots, the visibility was 1 3/4 statute miles in mist, with overcast skies at 500 feet. The temperature and dewpoint were both 48 degrees.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email 

In Memory of Dr. Robert “Bob” Cook

In late September 2017, USCA and the Greater Chicago Schutzhund Club lost Dr. Robert Cook (simply Dr. Bob to most), a cherished member of our IPO family. Dr. Bob started in schutzhund in the early 80’s at OG Wisconsin, but nationally most know him for campaigning Akki vom Haus Ehrenreich IPO3 Kkl1, including placing 5th at the 2011 USA GSD Nationals.

Many competitors would find the time to watch Akki, a many time helper’s favorite dog, but even more would seek out Dr. Bob to chat about the sport he loved and his many passions outside IPO. He was a respected surgeon and businessman, pilot, triathlete, and also competed in field trials with his prize winning English Pointers. His fascinating love of Falconry eventually brought him back to IPO. He flew birds with his good friend Frank Metallo, and eventually reconnected with IPO through Frank’s son Ray Metallo, along with other members of Greater Chicago and O.G. Edgerton’s Rolando Salvador.

Dr. Bob’s passion for learning, training animals, and competition was inspiring and he embraced those with similar dedication and interests. At the WDC in 2012, Dr. Bob was observed sitting alone with a cup of coffee on the wet bleachers of a near empty stadium at 7 a.m. on a Sunday to support and mentor a young Dominic Scarberry with Bo. UCLA’s John Wooden said the true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching. That morning, as always, Dr. Bob was a true sportsman and gentlemen.

I knew Dr. Bob as a friend and fellow competitor – he was instrumental in my campaign to become your President. His words were thoughtful and inspiring and he will be profoundly missed. We send our deepest sympathy to his family, friends, club, associates, and colleagues.

Original article  ➤

Dr. Robert G. (Bob) Cook

By Tiffany Genre 

Life is precious, and can be swept away in a moment’s notice. Unfortunately, Randy and I were reminded of that actuality on Saturday, September 23.

Dr. Robert G. (Bob) Cook, a highly regarded surgeon and respected member of the field trial community, tragically died in a plane crash near Ainsworth, Neb., in an aircraft he was piloting that morning. Dr. Cook was en route to Bottineau, N. D., to pick up his beloved English pointer, Bess, after a summer on the North Dakota prairie training with Randy Anderson. He was 69.

Dr. Cook was just as punctual as he was quick witted, and when his plane failed to arrive in Bottineau at the expected time, Randy grew extremely concerned. We decided it would be a good idea to phone the airport in Nebraska. After several conversations with the airport, the United States Air Force, and other federal agencies, it was determined that an official search and rescue be placed into action.

The Air Force was unable to pin-point a radar signal from the aircraft, so it was determined an accident must have occurred shortly after take-off. Randy received the call around 6 p. m. that evening that the wreckage had been found near Ainsworth.

Dr. Cook received his medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago. He was a skilled general surgeon and practiced in Kenosha, Wis.

When Dr. Bob had dogs on the major circuit, it was not uncommon for him to fly to the various venues where his dogs were competing.

Randy and I consider the owners of dogs in our string more like family, not clients. We laugh and cry about the woes of field trialing . . . and share in the joy of victories and delight when owners’ dogs are placed in the winners’ circle.

Dr. Cook’s death is a huge blow to all of us.

Dr. Bob was engaged in other outdoor pursuits, notably with falcons at his Ainsworth, Neb., getaway, and with German shepherds in schutzhund competition.

Although Bob had been removed from the field trial sport for the last few years, he was primed to find a “nice young Derby” to renew his spirit for campaigning all-age bird dogs with his friend and trainer, Randy Anderson. Bob owned and campaigned several notable dogs, including: Ch. Prairie-land Pride, Ch. Three Ten to Yuma, Ch. House’s Magic Rain, and Prairieland Kate, just to name a few.

He is survived by his devoted wife, a daughter, a sister and two brothers, countless friends and co-workers.

Original article  ➤

Authorities in Nebraska have released the name of the Kenosha man killed in a small plane crash there over the weekend.

Robert G. Cook was the sole occupant of the plane that crashed near Ainsworth, Neb., Saturday morning, according to the Brown County (Neb.) Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said the plane took off from Ainsworth Municipal Airport between 10:15 and 10:25 a.m. Saturday and was reported missing at about 1:34 p.m.

The crash site was located about 6:15 p.m. by a local resident about 5 miles northeast of the airport.

The crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Authorities say a pilot killed in a northern Nebraska plane crash was from Wisconsin.

Brown County Attorney David Streich has identified the man as 69-year-old Robert Cook. 

He lived in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and also owned land in Brown County.

The plane took off Saturday morning from Ainsworth Regional Airport in Brown County. 

Authorities say the wreckage was found Saturday evening, just a few miles from the airport. 

The crash cause is being investigated.

Cook was alone in the plane.

A Kenosha doctor died in a plane crash in northern Nebraska Saturday.

Dr. Robert Cook, a surgeon, was reportedly the pilot and sole occupant of the plane.

Authorities said the plane took off Saturday morning from Ainsworth Regional Airport in Brown County, heading to North Dakota.

The wreckage was found Saturday evening, just a few miles from the airport.

According to a report in the Norfolk Daily News, David Streich, the Brown County attorney, did not release the victim's name but said he was from Kenosha.

An employee in Cook's office in Kenosha confirmed Monday that he had died in a plane crash in Nebraska.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane was a 10-seat Mitsubishi MU-2. A search began after it failed to arrive at its North Dakota destination, the Norfolk Daily News reported.

The plane had been en route to North Dakota, and had stopped at the Ainsworth airport to refuel.

According to KBRB radio, the plane took off from Ainsworth between 10:15 and 10:25 a.m., and is believed to have crashed around 10:30 a.m. KBRB reported the plane could not be located on radar, or at any airport along its anticipated route.

The aircraft was reported missing to the Brown County Sheriff's Office at 1:34 p.m., and the crash site was found by a local resident at 6:15 p.m., approximately 2 miles east and 3 miles north of the airport.

Brown County Sheriff Bruce Papstein said attempts were made to coordinate the location of the pilot’s cellular phone, but to no avail.

The crash is being investigated by both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Weather conditions at the time of the crash included a low cloud ceiling, poor visibility and scattered rain; however the cause of the crash has not yet been determined.

Original article can be found here ➤

AINSWORTH — The pilot of a plane that crashed Saturday morning north of Ainsworth died as a result of the accident is believed to be a Kenosha, Wis., resident.

David Streich, the Brown County attorney, said the investigation into the crash site continued Monday morning and authorities had not officially released the identity of the plane’s sole occupant.

“But we are confident in saying that the victim was a Kenosha, Wisconsin, man and not someone from around here,” Streich said.

The 10-seat plane was headed to North Dakota but never made it to its destination, which prompted search efforts to begin Saturday.

At about 7 p.m. Saturday, the crash site was discovered about 5 miles north of the Ainsworth Regional Airport, according to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office. The plane had taken off between 10:15 and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, said Sheriff Bruce Papstein.

Ainsworth Fire Chief Brad Fiala said the crash site was secured until investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration arrived Sunday to begin the investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤


Anonymous said...

It is believed to be a long body Mitsubishi MU2.

Anonymous said...

It is N73MA, an MU-2B-40, aka "Solitaire", a short body MU2. It generally seats 7 (2 pilots plus 5 in back), though 6 adults would be typical. It cannot seat 10 in any configuration, so the news article has some bad info.

Anonymous said...

Water in the fuel?

Anonymous said...

Water in jet fuel doesn't affect performance to the same degree it does in avfuel. Water contamination is rarely the cause of a jet fuel burning aircraft.

Anonymous said...

I can assure you it was a short body MU-2 as I have serviced this very aircraft in the past.

Anonymous said...

It was a Solitaire, S/N 414SA

Anonymous said...

Water, how about another incompetent doctor pilot with more money then pilot skills

Anonymous said...

This is soon to say. Maybe the plane suffered a loss of power and in bad weather
(visibility was to low) onboard a MU-2 isn't easy to manage.
He owned the plane since 2007 so in ten years is assumed that he knew the plane well.

Anonymous said...

He stopped to refuel before the last leg, have to wonder if they put avgas instead of jet-A in the plane. It will burn avgas for awhile, but the performance will be effected and that may be just enough to distract him, combined with bad weather.

Anonymous said...

To the idiot making stupid comments about the pilot, GFY! He was a very competent pilot, owned several planes, and was an incredible person. Keep your ass-munch comments to yourself. If you have nothing positive to add keep your mouth shut!!! Dr. Bob was a friend and many, many people from many walks of life are mourning his passing!

Anonymous said...

Adolescent comments in aviation run rampant – from student to airline captain. I have never been able to figure out why.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Cook was a good man and very competent pilot with over 3,000 hrs in type. He will be missed.

Anonymous said...

With over 3.000 hours in type we could say he was very well prepared. I wonder what happened. Maybe a serious and unpredictable failure.

Anonymous said...

It does have a 10 seat configuration, 2 seats pilot, co-pilot. Cabin has a bench 2 seats, one captain facing backwards seat and a three set bench. This is a tragic accident. Please be respectful to all mourning his loss. Do not speak ill of someone who cannot defend themselves.

Anonymous said...

I am the pilot's daughter. I am so thankful for the kind words and love expressed by many. Words cannot express how much my dad is missed and the void his absence has left in my heart.

To the others - it is easy to sit unidentified at a computer, making offensive, judgmental (and frankly, inaccurate) comments about a man you do not know. I have zero desire to engage your cowardly behavior. However, I do advise you to think carefully about your own loved ones before you write words that hurt the grieving.

In regard to the article and its update, there are multiple errors. He did not stop to refuel. He was not on the last leg of a journey. And he flew an MU2 for over a decade. I look forward to reading future comments from those who know this airplane and why it may not respond to protocol in a circumstance such as this one.

Anonymous said...

As a career aviation professional I am deeply sorry for the loss of a fellow aviator. I have heard much discussion concerning the MU2 over the years. Below is a link to an interesting letter from the office of Kansas Senator Sam Brownback from 2005 concerning the MU2 aircraft.

Anonymous said...

I'm Nicola Laurenzi from Italy and I'm so sorry for this tragic loss and I fully understand the void his absence has left in daughter heart. I did not know this pilot but heard he had over 3.000 hours on type so he knew the plane very well.
The Mu-2 is a high performance and demanding plane and after the SFAR 108 was approved became one of the safest turboprop on its cathegory.
Pilots should follow every year a training session (classroom & in flight training) and no other Plane Factory around the world is focuse to offer a similar preparation.
We don't know the reason of this tragic accident (maybe in the near future) but bad weather, low visibility or a fatal aircraft failure can be a factor.
From the beginning to these days the FAA analyzed many times the MU-2 but nothing wrong was found.
Letters from Senators/Politicians who maybe never saw the MU-2 but only heard stories from friends, acquaintances, pilots that maybe never flew it and so on, has in my opinion no credibility.
The only one credibility is from who really flies or flew it.
In the '90 I travelled all over Europe on a Solitaire and I can assure you the plane is absolutely safe if flown by the numbers.
To conclude I think that after 3.000 MU-2 flight hours Mr. Cook knew the plane perfectly and before
saying he did wrong you have to wait for the outcome of the investigation.

Anonymous said...

I have 10000 hours in this model MU2. We all train every year flying all the SFAR 108 profiles. I can assure you that a Solitaire with just a pilot on board will fly just fine on one engine IF the pilot flies the profile. Regardless of the cause, maybe an incapacitated pilot for whatever reason, maybe radar failed and flew through a thunderstorm, maybe pilot got vertigo, maybe plane flew into a flock of birds, maybe he forgot the flaps, maybe he forgot the condition levers, maybe maybe maybe will always be the planes fault. I have flown in severe turbulence, had engine failure and numerous elective engine shutdowns in training. No other aircraft has undergone the scrutiny that the MU2 has...To his daughter, my sincere condolences in your time of grief. Wait for the professionals to analyze what happened and why. Your dad did the same training as I, he knew it was a great airplane and wouldn't have owned it if it were unsafe. God bless you

Anonymous said...

First and foremost, I am truly sorry for the friends and family of anyone lost in an accident. My Brother and his fiancee we lost in a GA aircraft crash 20 years ago and it fueled my passion in the aviation industry, especially with safety. I work for an avionics/autopilot company. We have looked at certifying an autopilot for the MU-2 in the past and again recently. I understand that flying single pilot IFR requires an autopilot system. From my viewpoint, we are always looking at a few things, sustaining our business (making money) is obvious. But we are always looking at how we can improve safety and reduce pilot workload. While the safety record of the MU-2 has dramatically improved since SFAR 108, it is and will continue to be under the microscope due to it's previous safety record. I also understand that much of the issue in the past was the pilots error in emergency and unusual circumstances. Again, this is a space where we believe we can help prevent future accidents to some degree. If anyone has any knowledge that would be beneficial, please hit me up.