Friday, June 22, 2018

Cessna T182T Turbo Skylane, N1880B: Fatal accident occurred June 10, 2018 near Monroe Municipal Airport (KEFT), Green County, Wisconsin

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Monroe, WI
Accident Number: CEN18FA216
Date & Time: 06/10/2018, 1200 CDT
Registration: N1880B
Aircraft: CESSNA T182T
Injuries: 4 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 10, 2018, about 1200 central daylight time, a Cessna T182T airplane, N1880B, was destroyed during an in-flight collision with trees and terrain about 3/4 mile north of the Monroe Municipal Airport (EFT), Monroe, Wisconsin. The pilot and three passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by private individuals as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day instrument meteorological conditions prevailed. The flight was operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from the Kenosha Regional Airport (ENW) about 1126 and was destined for EFT.

A witness reported that she was sitting at her kitchen table when she heard the airplane. It sounded similar an airplane performing aerobatic maneuvers, with a loud, high-pitched sound such as when an airplane descends at high speed during an aerobatic maneuver. She subsequently looked out of her kitchen window and observed a "fireball" through an opening in the tree line behind her home. She immediately heard a "deafening" explosion that shook the house and saw thick black smoke rising above the trees. A second explosion followed shortly after the first.

The accident site was located near the edge of a wooded ravine, with the terrain rising about 20 feet from the initial tree impact to the main wreckage. The debris path was oriented toward the east-southeast. The initial tree strike was about 80 feet above ground level. A second tree strike about 12 feet above ground level was located about 32 feet from the initial strike. An impact crater was located approximately 15 feet from the second tree strike. The main wreckage was located about 114 ft from the initial tree impact on the top of the ravine near the edge of the tree line. The area east of the woods was open and consisted of tall grass. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N1880B
Model/Series: T182T T
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: EFT, 1086 ft msl
Observation Time: 1215 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots, 10°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 200 ft agl
Visibility: 2.5 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.9 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Kenosha, WI (ENW)
Destination: Monroe, WI (EFT)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 3 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: On-Ground
Total Injuries: 4 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 42.627778, -89.597500

KENOSHA -- Four members of a Kenosha family were killed when their plane crashed in near the airport in Monroe in southwestern Wisconsin on Sunday, June 10. The plane flew out of Kenosha Regional Airport and went down not far from the Monroe Regional Airport. The community outpouring has been overwhelming for the family.

"She had that really strong work ethic," said Colleen Deininger's sister, Vicki Moore.

Colleen Deininger, a successful broker and family matriarch, was killed when the plane she was piloting went down Sunday afternoon. She was headed to a family celebration with her daughter and two grandchildren.

"She was the best thing to happen in my life and I'm going to concentrate on that," said Vicki.

Family members say Deininger was a champion for the community.

"She gave to so many places and so many causes and helped raise money. She never did any of that for any kind of notoriety," said Michelle Deininger.

Colleen Deininger's daughter, Lisa Deininger-Dickman and her children, 17-year-old Emmarose Dickman and 13-year-old Alex Dickman were also killed in the crash.

Lisa Deininger-Dickman

Emmarose Dickman

Alex Dickman

"She was just a dear, sweet, loving person," said Colleen Deininger's son, Michael Deininger.

An eyewitness said the plane was on fire when it plummeted from the sky.

"It was definitely a mechanical problem with the plane. It lost power," said Michael Deininger.

Michael Deininger said he believes his mother, an experienced pilot, attempted to make an emergency landing in a field.

Colleen Deininger

"Airplanes need a little firmness to bounce and it didn't -- so it literally disintegrated on impact," said Michael Deininger.

Four lives were taken in a moment. Now, they're being celebrated and cherished by the family they left behind.

"We're going to get through this. We're going to get through this. We're not going to like it, but we're going to get through it," said Vicki.

The family is working to set up scholarships to honor the four killed in the crash. A preliminary crash report is expected to be released in the coming days.

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Anonymous said...

It must have been a really, really important "graduation celebration" to fly in 2 mile visibility.
83 year old pilot. Another one that should have hung up the spurs long ago.
Instantaneously wiped out 3 generations on board.

Anonymous said...

You are absolutely right.

Anonymous said...

Didn't the original report indicate the wreckage was spread out indicating a inflight breakup?

Anonymous said...

^^ Negative. No in-flight breakup.
The pilot was very familiar with KEFT, she had numerous flights there before.
The aircraft landed hard and immediately caught fire.

Anonymous said...

Another pilot guilty of manslaughter

Jim B said...

Bad choices. More unnecessary deaths.

This airplane has a good quality KAP-140 two-axis autopilot. I do not rely on it for planning but if I find myself in trouble I will not hesitate to use it.

Gerry said...

Not saying pilot error or pilot age not enough information yet, having said that MDA on instrument approachs to Monroe airport are 400 ft AGL, ceilings at the time were 200 ft AGL waiting for more info to take it from there.

Anonymous said...

a very capable aircraft, and a very capable pilot.

but very poor risk management, flying into that weather with all those loved ones on board requires everything go right. Even assuming the family's proferred "mechanical failure," this was an optional flight with zero room for error. Mechanical failure is always a potential factor in every flight. Assuming you can deal with that in hard IFR doesn't have to kill you but once. My condolences to the family, but lets hope the next of us presented this choice gets in the car.

Anonymous said...

100 mile trip straight down the Interstate. 1.5 hours by car vs "never" by small plane.

Anonymous said...

By the time you load up, go to the airport, get the plane out and get it ready, load it, fuel it, file your flight plan, then take care of the plane after you get there, get picked up at the airport, it takes LONGER to fly than to drive. Completely unnecessary flight that killed them all.

Anonymous said...

Colleen was a very experienced pilot - aged 81 - who was more than capable of making this flight. The ignorance of people who suggest her age had anything to do with this tragic accident is beyond comprehension!! The drive was 2 hours vs. 30 minute flight. Colleen loved flying and there are several witnesses who saw the plane in flames before it crashed. It will be some time before the accident investigation is completed, but those of us who actually knew Colleen know that neither her age or the visibility conditions had anything to do with the plane being consumed by flames BEFORE it crashed. Your comments show ignorance, insensitivity and a lack of intelligence. Our family lost 4 beloved members that day and your comments are not appreciated!!