Monday, November 19, 2018

Beech 95-B55 (T42A) Baron, N4817M: Fatal accident occurred November 17, 2018 near Liberal Mid-America Regional Airport (KLBL), Kansas

Dick James and his beloved wife Kris.

Dick James & Associates

"Today is a very sad day at Dick James and Associates as we mourn the loss of our founder Dick James and his beloved wife Kris. He built our company with integrity and passion and will be forever missed by so many.  We will continue to build on his legacy of putting people first in all that we do here at Dick James and Associates."

Dick James and Associates currently manages over 80 apartment communities totaling approximately 8,500 apartment units and James maintains an ownership position in approximately 2,000 apartment units. Dick James lives in Sacramento, California with his wife Kris. 

An avid pilot for over 50 years, Dick jokes that the property management business ties two of his passions together, apartments, and airplanes. He flies his Beechcraft Baron several times a month to visit his various apartment communities, associates, and clients.

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas 

Crashed due to unknown circumstances. 

Dick James & Associates Inc

Date: 17-NOV-18

Time: 22:55:00Z
Regis#: N4817M
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 95 B55
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

A California man and a woman are dead this week following a aircraft fatality accident as reported by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

According to the report, the crash occurred five miles east of Tyrone at about 6 p.m. on November 17th with a Beech 95-B55 (T42A) Baron, piloted by 79-year-old Richard C. James. He was pronounced dead at the scene due to massive injuries.

The name of the woman in the crash is being withheld pending positive identification. She was also pronounced dead at the scene due to massive injuries.

Weather conditions were cloudy at the time of the crash. Both victims were found pinned inside the plane. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have been advised.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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Anonymous said...

Looking at FlightAware, this pilot took off from Sacramento,CA at 9:05am and flew direct to Montrose,CO for a fuel stop? He then took off bound for Liberal,KS and was near his destination when the crash happened. My feeling is that's a lot of flying (5hrs,13 min) in one day for a 79 year old pilot. He was also at 15,500' for almost 2 hrs before the crash. Could his oxygen system not have been working correctly assuming he was using it? Could fatigue have played a role in this accident? Maybe another case of gethereitis.

Anonymous said...

Your "feeling" is incorrect. Was not bound for Liberal, he was bound for Branson, MO when he encountered icing over SE Colorado and was attempting a diversionary landing in Liberal. PIREPS re: icing had been issued for the area.

Anonymous said...

The female may have been a member of the Sacramento 99's chapter, given the plane tail information. I would check with them.

Anonymous said...

Pictures of the aircraft, N4817M show that it was not equipped with deice boots. If it encountered significant icing conditions as one poster said above, that could leave the pilot flying a difficult, if not possible, to control airplane.