Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Cessna 182L Skylane, N3469R: Fatal accident occurred August 05, 2019 in Wolf Point, Roosevelt County, Montana

James Dewey Heald 
May 20th, 1969 - August 5th, 2019

Benjamin Robert Casey
May 10th, 1992 - August 5th, 2019

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena, Montana
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama 
Textron Aviation (Cessna); Wichita, Kansas 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Wolf Point, MT
Accident Number: WPR19FA209
Date & Time: 08/05/2019, 1445 MDT
Registration: N3469R
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Business 

On August 05, 2019, about 1445 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 182L, N3469R, departed controlled flight and collided with terrain while attempting to land on a private road in Wolf Point, Montana. The pilot, the registered owner, was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The private pilot and front-seated passenger sustained fatal injuries; the airplane was destroyed. The business flight departed from Frank Wiley Field Airport, Miles City, Montana, about 1350 with a planned destination of the private road. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed.

A witness stated that he owned the farm adjacent to where the accident site was located. The pilot had built grain bins for him in the past and he had contracted him to build more. The pilot and passenger, an employee at the pilot's company, had planned to visit the farm that day and had discussed with the witness landing at the farm. The pilot had been to farm on prior occasions but had never flown there. The witness recalled the pilot called him at 1423 saying that he was flying over the town of Wolf Point and would be landing at the farm shortly. The witness, positioned near his bins, observed the airplane fly over his location and make a left turn to the west paralleling the dirt road he intended to land. The airplane then began a turn to the east to come back and land. He observed the airplane make a sharp turn and descend into terrain (reference picture 1). Upon impact, the airplane burst into flames and the witness drove his water truck to put out the fire.

Picture 1: Presumed Accident Flight Path (According to Witness)

The accident site was located on a flat field about 21 nautical miles north of Wolf Point. In character, the terrain was composed of hard, dry dirt and short vegetation. The wreckage was found distributed over an approximate 40-foot distance with the nose pointed on a median magnetic bearing of about 340°. The main wreckage, consisting of all of the major control surfaces, was about 60 feet south of the road. The fuselage and inboard sections of the wings had been consumed by fire.

The first identified piece of debris was fragments of red lens, consistent with the tip of the left wing contacting the ground at the beginning of the accident sequence. From the lens fragments was a disruption in the vegetation similar in shape and size to that of a wing's leading edge and pieces of lens consistent with the landing light were in the dirt. Thereafter, was a crater in the dirt with two propeller blades imbedded (see picture 2).

Picture 2: Accident Site 

During the postaccident examination, investigators moved the rudder to the full left and right deflection where the rudder would hit the stops. With the elevator control surface in the down position, investigators moved the rudder the stops. When the rudder was near full deflection (both right and left), investigators attempted to move the elevator up, but the travel was hindered from the elevator contacting the bottom of the rudder surface (see pictures 3 and 4). When the elevator was in the up position, investigators moved the rudder the stops. When the rudder was near full deflection (both right and left), investigators attempted to move the elevator down, but the travel was hindered from the elevator contacting the rivets on the rudder control.

Numerous rivets making up the horizontal line of the lower-aft rudder control surface, had heads that displayed shinny aluminum on the upper and lower half, consistent with the paint being worn away from contact with the elevator on past occasions. Additionally, the bottom of the rudder surface contained deformation and worn paint. The upper and lower skin of the inboard-aft portion of the elevator control surface contained a paint color and consistency dissimilar from the surrounding skin as well as shinny wear marks, consistent with contact with the rudder on past occasions and paint being reapplied.

Picture 3: Right Rudder Deflection Showing Elevator Interference

Picture 4: Left Rudder Deflection Showing Elevator Interference 

The rudder deflection was measured to be 9.25 inches left and 9 inches right (see picture 5). The Owner's Manual shows the limits are 8.12 inches to 8.72 inches. The left elevator was measured 23° up and 20° down; the right elevator was measured 25° up and 17° down (see pictures 6 and 7). The Owner's Manual shows the elevator travel limits were up: 23° +/- 1° ; down: 17° +/- 1°

Picture 5: Rudder Deflection

Picture 6: Left Elevator Deflection

Picture 7: Right Elevator Deflection 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N3469R
Model/Series: 182 L
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KOLF, 1986 ft msl
Observation Time: 1453 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 22 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 47°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 260°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 27.89 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Miles City, MT (MLS)
Destination: Wolf Point, MT

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 48.435833, -105.760833 (est)

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

James Dewey Heald
May 20, 1969 - August 05, 2019

Memorial service for James Heald will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at High Plains Community Church with Pastor Dan Morgan officiating. On May 20th, 1969, James Dewey Heald was born to Robert Heald and Jessie Nichols. James went on to grow up on his dad's ranch in Recluse, Wyoming and with his mother in Arizona. Later he would move to his Uncle's Ranch outside of Gate, Oklahoma, where he would attend Laverene Public High School and meet his first wife, Pamela Malone. James and Pamela, after reuniting in college, graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, married, and he would go on to teach math at a local school. After changing into what would be his lifelong career, grain storage construction and retail, he and Pamela had a son, Marcus James. Another marriage and promotions would come next, but also the greatest coincidence of his life, through friends and a dance hall, meeting the love of his life, Patricia. Patricia, along with her son and James' adopted daughter, Trestin Swiggett and Brooklyn Heald, joined James in the greatest and ultimate chapter of his life, as he moved across the country, back to his home in Recluse, and started his own business, J & P Grain Solutions. James and Patricia would go on to raise cattle, grow stronger together as they put their mark on the family ranch and when they could find any free time from the business they also ran together, they'd dance to any tune they could find. In addition to learning how to fly, James was happy to fulfill his dream of waking up every day a little closer to his father and to his home. James was truly a servant of God, and through his Lords' grace, a servant to others. From school children to young adults, James devoted his life to giving people the tools they needed to better themselves. Friends will miss his laugh, if only because it made him easier to find, and the love that underpinned every piece of advice. Family will miss the comfort and God-given wisdom that he brought to solve every issue, always together.  James is preceded in death by his mother, Jessie (Nichols) Heald; his brother, Robert Heald Jr.; his paternal grandparents, George and Barbara Heald; maternal grandfather, Jimmie Nichols; his maternal grandmother and second mother, Deloris Nichols. He is survived by his wife Patricia Heald; his sons, Marcus Heald and Treston Swiggett; his daughter, Brooklyn Heald; his foster son, Quinn Horst; father, Robert Heald; step-mother, Marge (Brown) Heald; sister and brother-in-law, Tammy (Russell) Good; grandchildren, Lukas Heald, Taevan and Brhysan; as well as numerous friends and family. In lieu of flowers the family asks for memorials be made to benefit the Recluse Community Center. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.gillettememorialchapel.com 


Benjamin Robert Casey

Gillette resident Benjamin Robert Casey, 27, died Aug. 5, 2019, in a plane crash. He was born May 10, 1992, in Casper, the son of Bennett and Jacquelyn (Kinder) Casey.

A funeral service begins at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. Fifth St.

A celebration of Mr. Casey’s life will follow the memorial service at 4105 Brorby Blvd. in Gillette.

He graduated from Campbell County High School in 2011, where he was a member of the football team.

Mr. Casey was an avid outdoor enthusiast who loved hunting and fishing. He also could be counted on to find humor in every situation and was always down for a good laugh.

He is survived by his parents, Bennett and Jacquelyn; and his brother, Christopher of Gillette. He also is survived by his maternal grandparents, John and Joyce Kinder of Casper; his paternal grandmother, Carol Casey of Wichita, Kansas; and by several uncles, aunts and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Bennett Casey.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Fur Kids Foundation, P.O. Box 7074, Gillette, WY 82718, or at furkidsfoundation.org.


Roosevelt County Sheriff and Coroner Jason Frederick has confirmed the two men who were killed in a plane crash in northeast Montana on Aug. 5 were James D. Heald of Recluse and Gillette resident Benjamin Robert Casey.

The office was waiting for the release of dental records to confirm the identities of the two men and got that Thursday, Frederick said.

Original article ➤ https://www.gillettenewsrecord.com

A plane crash discovered Monday 25 miles north of Wolf Point has left two people dead, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office. 

Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash, which involves a Cessna C-182 plane.

Two people were on board when it crashed, according to the FAA. The plane crashed in the area of its destination and the crash did start a small fire, Sheriff Jason Fredericks said. He described the victims as males. 

A local farmer witnessed the crash and then worked to extinguish the fire, Fredericks said.

Tuesday afternoon the sheriff's office had not yet identified the crash victims. 

The sheriff's office was called at about 2:47 p.m. Monday after an area resident discovered the crash about 2 miles west of Highway 250. Firefighters and an ambulance were also sent to the scene. Fort Peck Tribal police also responded to the crash site.

The Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office remained on scene holding the crash site for federal investigators until 7:06 a.m. Tuesday.

Original article ➤ https://billingsgazette.com

WOLF POINT — A Cessna 182 crashed in a northeastern Montana field, killing the pilot and a passenger.

Roosevelt County Undersheriff John Summers says two men died in the crash, which happened at about 2:45 p.m. Monday. Summers says the men on the plane were surveying land to find a site to build a grain silo.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating. 

Federal Aviation Administration records indicate the plane was registered in Wyoming.

Officials have not released the names of the men on board.

Original article ➤ https://www.greatfallstribune.com

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