Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Cessna T303 Crusader, N9746C, registered to and operated by Aberdeen Flying Service: Accident occurred April 24, 2018 in Pine Ridge, Oglala Lakota County, South Dakota

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rapid City, South Dakota

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Pine Ridge, SD
Accident Number: CEN18LA146
Date & Time: 04/24/2018, 0945 MDT
Registration: N9746C
Aircraft: CESSNA T303
Injuries: 3 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled 

On April 24, 2018, about 0945 mountain daylight time, a Cessna T303 airplane, N9746C, impacted terrain during an emergency landing near Pine Ridge, South Dakota. The pilot and two passengers sustained minor injuries, and one passenger was not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and fuselage. The airplane was registered to and operated by Aberdeen Flying Service, Aberdeen, South Dakota, as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 on-demand air taxi flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight. The flight departed Aberdeen Regional Airport (ABR), Aberdeen, about 0938 central daylight time, and was destined for the Pine Ridge Airport (IEN), Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

According to the pilot, prior to the flight, he obtained a weather briefing via the company computer system and reviewed the weather information with the company chief pilot. The pilot was aware of the forecasted weather conditions along the route of flight and at the intended destination. During the climb to 10,000 ft mean sea level (msl), the airplane encountered light rime ice, and he activated the de-ice equipment. During the descent, the airplane encountered light to moderate icing conditions. Shortly thereafter, the pilot stated it felt "like a sheet of ice fell on us" as the airplane encountered severe icing conditions. The pilot applied full engine power in an attempt to maintain altitude. The airplane exited the overcast cloud layer about 500 ft above ground level. The pilot decided to execute an off-airport emergency landing because the airplane could not maintain altitude. The airplane touched down in a field about 25 miles from IEN. During the emergency landing, the landing gear separated, and the airplane came to rest upright.

The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N9746C
Model/Series: T303 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: IEN, 3332 ft msl
Observation Time: 0952 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 25 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 2°C / 1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots/ 20 knots, 360°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1300 ft agl
Visibility:  6 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.45 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Aberdeen, SD (ABR)
Destination: Pine Ridge, SD

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Minor, 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  43.183056, -102.560000 (est)

At least three people were injured when a plane carrying HKG Architects employees from Aberdeen made a rough landing Tuesday morning near Pine Ridge.

Dean Marske, HKG Architects president, and project managers Mary Jo “Buffy” King and Ron Keller were passengers on the twin-engine prop plane registered to Aberdeen Flying Service, Marske said.

He said the chartered plane left Aberdeen around 9:15 a.m. By 10 a.m., he was calling 911 from a field north of Batesland, which is east-northeast of Pine Ridge in the southwest corner of the state.

“We broke through the clouds and saw the ground coming,” Marske said. “I looked at Buffy and was scared for a split second and then we hit the ground.”

The plane hit a cold pocket and iced up, Marske said.

The left side of the plane hit the ground first, he said.

After they landed, the three passengers and the pilot found themselves in an empty field, searching for cell service and 30 miles away from their destination.

“It was snowing and raining and it was cold and windy. Do you stay in the plane or do you leave?” Marske said.

It took 45 minutes for emergency responders to reach them because of the remote location, he said. Dispatch had to locate the spot from Marske’s cellphone call, and only one ambulance was able to get down the road to meet to them. The vehicle had to shift into four-wheel drive, Marske said.

He said he had a dislocated shoulder and Keller was bleeding heavily from his face, with a broken nose and cheekbone.

Later, both of Keller’s eyes were swollen shut and black and blue, Marske said.

When the plane crashed, Marske’s head hit one of the plane’s windows and broke it, he said. At 5 p.m., he was being taken by ambulance to a Rapid City hospital.

King’s injuries were primarily bumps and bruises, Marske said.

Plans call for King and Keller to be picked up and returned to Aberdeen by an Aberdeen Flying Service jet yet tonight, Marske said.

Despite the chaos, Marske said everyone on the plane was calm.

“It happened pretty quick,” he said. “(The pilot) did a great job. And Pine Ridge did a good job, they were on the spot.”

The pilot’s name and condition are unknown. A worker at Aberdeen Flying Service said he could not comment on the incident.

The HKG workers were going to Pine Ridge to check a project site related to an emergency room and outpatient hospital, Marske said.

Original article ➤

Four people escaped serious injury when a charter plane carrying HKG Architects employees from Aberdeen made an emergency landing near Pine Ridge.

Company President Dean Marske tells the American News that the twin-engine propeller plane registered to Aberdeen Flying Service hit a cold pocket and iced up, forcing it to the ground Tuesday morning in a field near Batesland.

Marske and project managers Mary Jo King and Ron Keller were aboard, along with the pilot. Marske says it took 45 minutes for emergency responders to reach them because of the remote location.

Marske says he suffered a dislocated shoulder, and Keller suffered broken facial bones. King suffered bumps and bruises.

Original article can be found here ➤

Near Batesland, SD -  Four people were injured in plane crash near Batesland, SD on Tuesday. 

A twin engine prop plane landed in a field. 

Fire officials reported only minor injuries with cuts and bruises to everyone on board. 

First responders also reported a small fuel leak on the wing. 

Original article can be found here ➤

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the pilot did one heck of a job flying that ice laden bird. He made the right call doing the forced landing in the field rather than trying to continue and possibly stall & spin into the ground. They'll all live to fly another day and you can always purchase another airplane. This Spring has been especially bad flying weather and there's been quite a few fatalities due to icing. Be safe up there.