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Cessna TR182 Turbo Skylane RG, N736YU: Fatal accident occurred January 11, 2020 in Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana

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.

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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena, Montana
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Lycoming Engines; Williamsburg, Pennsylvania

Location: Billings, MT 
Accident Number: WPR20FA063
Date & Time: 01/11/2020, 1801 MST
Registration: N736YU
Aircraft: Cessna TR182
Injuries: 4 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On January 11, 2020, about 1801 mountain standard time, a Cessna TR182 airplane, N736YU, was destroyed when it collided with mountainous terrain near Billings, Montana. The airline transport pilot and three passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed for the cross-county flight, which departed Billings Logan International Airport (BIL), Billings, Montana at 1656.

According to a family member, the pilot had planned a recreational flight from BIL with intermediate stops in Hardin, Montana and Roundup, Montana and was expected to return to his home about 1930. Preliminary radar information obtained from a commercially available source was consistent with the family member's recount of the pilot's flight path. Following its departure from BIL, the airplane landed in Hardin about 1715 and subsequently departed about 1740. The radar track indicated that the airplane flew a straight track towards Roundup until the track ceased at 1801, about 700 ft from the accident site.

The airplane was located in mountainous terrain at an elevation of about 4,252 ft mean sea level. All major sections of the airplane were accounted for at the accident site. The initial impact point (IIP) was marked by several bent cross members and a broken guy wire about 65 ft high on an approximate 185 foot-tall radio tower. Several sections of the outboard left wing were located about 100 ft north of the tower and two pieces displayed longitudinal signatures consistent with impacting a wire. The remaining section of left wing was found in the debris path about 350 ft from the main wreckage. Several airframe and engine fragments were distributed along the energy path, which was oriented on a heading of about 295ยบ magnetic. A 5 foot-long intermediate ground scar was located about 250 ft from the main wreckage, which was found about 1,450 ft northwest of the IIP in a coulee and comprised of the right wing, fuselage, empennage, and engine.

The airplane has been retained for further examination.

Figure 1: Wreckage Diagram

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N736YU
Model/Series: TR182 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: , 3662 ft msl
Observation Time: 1753 MST
Distance from Accident Site: 27 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -1°C / -10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 12000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 14 knots / , 240°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 16000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.66 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Hardin, MT (00U)
Destination: Roundup, MT (RPX)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 3 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 46.232500, -108.365556

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For Mikel Peterson, January 11th was supposed be a chance at a better life.

Since he was a teenager in Billings, Peterson, 35, had struggled with addiction. Within the last few months his older sister Stacie Peterson said she noticed a change in her younger brother, as he talked with increasing seriousness about his desire to get into a sober living home.

The chance came for him to move into one in Billings. Peterson had been sober "for some time," but he felt this was the extra push he needed to stay that way, his mother Sue Alexander Pruitt said.

That Saturday he came down to Billings from the home of his mother, Sue Alexander Pruitt, in Forsyth, where he had been staying since around Thanksgiving.  

“He was really excited to have this chance,” his sister said. “And he was ready.”

Mikel Peterson was starting to move into the house in Billings on Saturday when he and two other men in the house had the chance to take a ride in an airplane with David Healow, a Billings doctor, pilot and certified flight instructor who was decades into his own recovery.

All four men, brought together by sobriety and the chance it offered to improve their lives, died January 11th in a plane crash north of Billings. 

“I want people to know that these guys were changing their life,” Stacie Peterson said. “They had taken that step to do that. They’re not just a name.”

Healow, the 69-year-old pilot of the group, was an anesthesiologist, father, foster parent and Alcoholics Anonymous member for 33 years.

“His recent passion was to provide safe, sober housing for anyone in need,” his obituary said.

Raymond Rumbold, 32, had been sober for about a year, his friend Rob Boag said. Rumbold worked construction and had been trying to reconnect with his daughter.

“We were all really proud for him,” Boag said. “The story just kind of stopped, you know? Terribly tragic, definitely. None of us expected it. Everybody that knows him was like ‘He was doing so good. He was doing so good.’”

Rusty Jungels, 36, had proudly posted on social media about his milestones in sobriety, his aunt Debbie Greenwalt told The Gazette. Jungels outlived both of his parents. Greenwalt said her nephew had been sober for more than 120 days, had been working in the food service industry, and had three children.

“He wanted to be a part of his children’s life and was working to achieve that,” she said. “We loved him very much and we’ll miss him.”

The most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that in the United States an estimated 21.2 million people 12 and older needed substance abuse treatment in 2018. Of those 21.2 million people the survey estimates around 90 percent did not receive specialty treatment for their substance abuse disorders.

As the days have passed since the crash, new hardships have continued to emerge for those who knew the men who died.

Stacie Peterson said she is trying to support her own sons while dealing with her grief. For her 6-year-old, “Uncle Mike” was a hero who often went away but always came back. Her teenage son learned how to drive a manual transmission from his uncle because she didn’t have the patience but Mikel did, Stacie Peterson said. Remembering it makes her laugh.

Her brother was the kind of person who could fix anything — mechanical or otherwise — even if he didn’t quite know how to from the outset. Working with concrete was something he always enjoyed. People teased him for all the time and money he put into restoring his treasured classic Chevy truck. He loved to work on bicycles and ride them, painting them lime green so they’d be visible on the road.

“He did all the remodeling on my house after the storms, you know, so everywhere I look, I see him,” Peterson said.

Mikel Peterson didn't just help out his sister with her home. He served in the National Guard and was among those who helped amid Hurricane Katrina, his mother Sue Pruitt said. 

Several years ago he had been sober for a few years, but his sister said he relapsed after the death of their father in 2013, sending him into a spiral with methamphetamine.

“And we’ve been fighting to get him back ever since,” she said. “You know, he was so funny, and he had the best personality. I mean, when he was sober, I don’t know anybody who wouldn’t want to be around him.”

His mother said no one was more loved in their family, and that she had been a rock to her son. 

Pruitt recalled the last thing they said to each other when he left her house Saturday morning before heading to Billings.

"He gave me a hug and said 'Mom don't worry, I've got it this time.' And I told him 'I know you do' and he said 'I love you mom and 'I told him I loved him too,'" she said. "I'll always remember that last 'I love you.'"

In Rumbold’s case, he was already starting to try to help other people through their own struggles with addiction, Boag said. The two first met as roommates about seven years ago, and Boag remembered his friend as someone who enjoyed being outdoors, riding motorcycles and four-wheelers, shooting guns and spending time with friends.

Boag went through his own struggles with addiction, which motivated him to help Rumbold, who also went by the name Ray Linney. Boag said his friend had a drug addiction and went through a traumatic incident shortly before he started becoming serious about trying to get sober.

"He looked at me and he's like 'I'm going to die if I keep doing this,'" Boag said.

What Boag did for his friend wasn't part of any official program, but the kindness he showed his friend made an impression on Rumbold.

“He felt an obligation to struggling addicts to reach out and to try to help them,” Boag said. “ ... Especially so early in his sobriety ... it was very uplifting to know he didn’t just look internally. He didn’t just get on with his life.”

Rumbold sent Boag a Facebook message that arrived in Boag's inbox at around 5 p.m. the day of the crash. The message mentioned flying and included a 19-second video from inside an airplane.

The video begins with Rumbold in the backseat of an airplane nodding calmly before flipping the camera to look outside the window. The camera briefly passes over the front seat of the plane and glowing screens of the instrument panel before being pointed outside again. For its final six seconds the video shows the pale horizon and the partially snow-covered ground below.

Rumbold promised to tell Boag more about it later that day. He never got the chance.

The plane may have crashed at around 6 p.m. January 11th, according to a Federal Aviation Association estimate based on last contact with the plane. It had left Hardin with Billings as its destination at about 5:40 p.m., according to the FAA. 

The plane apparently struck a guy wire from an approximately 200-foot radio tower on Dunn Mountain between Billings and Roundup, Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder said.

“It’s like a part of me went too,” Boag said of his friend's death. “I felt like I had mirrored a lot of myself into him in order to grow him. He got all those skills and didn’t really get to put them to use.

“It’s heartbreaking.”

Story and video ➤

David Gregory Healow

Mikel Peterson 

Rusty Jungels

Raymond Rumbold

The four people killed in an airplane crash about 25 miles north of Billings over the weekend were identified Monday by the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office.

The victims included David Healow 69; Rusty Jungles, 36; Mikel Peterson, 35; Raymond Rumbold 32.

All four were from Billings. Healow was listed as the pilot, said Sheriff Mike Linder in a press release issued early Monday night.

As autopsies were performed Monday, officials pressed on with their investigation into the crash believed to have occurred Saturday evening. The wreckage and the victims were discovered Sunday morning in a remote area among coulees between Billings and Roundup.

Linder said Sunday the plane appeared to have hit a guy wire connected to a roughly 200-foot radio tower on Dunn Mountain and then tumbled to the base of the mountain's west-facing slope. 

Monday afternoon an FAA spokesperson said it's believed the plane left Hardin at about 5:40 p.m. with Billings as its destination. The estimated time of the plane crash is 6 p.m. That time is determined by last contact with FAA Flight Services, either through radar or voice communications, FAA spokesperson Allen Kenitzer said by email.

The lead agency on the investigation is the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB works with the FAA, the engine manufacturer and the airplane manufacturer during its investigations, according to NTSB public information officer Terry Williams.

Monday morning the sheriff's office transported NTSB and FAA investigators to the scene of the crash, according to Linder. They spent most of the day at the crash site before returning to Billings at about 4:30 p.m.

During its investigation, the NTSB will look into a variety of factors including the crash site, the aircraft, the engine, the pilot's history, the maintenance of the aircraft and the environment, including the weather, said Williams, the NTSB information officer.

Investigators typically visit the crash site and at some point the airplane will be moved to "a more secure location for a more thorough examination," Williams said.

A preliminary NTSB report is generally issued seven to 10 days after a crash, but that report won't include a determination of cause or analysis, according to Williams.

Among limited information about the crash on the FAA's website is the plane's tail number: N736YU.

That tail number comes back on the FAA's online aircraft registry to a 1978 Cessna TR182, a fixed-wing single-engine plane. The plane's status is listed online as valid, with a certification issued in March 2018 set to expire in March 2021. Cessna 182 airplanes typically seat up to four people.

Of the four crash victims, Healow is the only one whose name turned up on the FAA's online Airmen database. According to FAA records Healow was certified as an airline transport pilot, flight instructor and ground instructor.

An initial alert notice for a search for a missing aircraft was issued at about 3 a.m. Sunday, according to the FAA. The sheriff's office then began working to locate the plane. A radar track was used to find a rough location of the crash site, after which its exact location was discovered by flying over the area in a helicopter piloted by Al Blain of Billings Flying Service.

The Montana Highway Patrol, Shepherd Volunteer Fire Department and Musselshell County Sheriff's Office all assisted in the recovery effort Sunday. 

Original article can be found here David 

Gregory Healow

Husband, dad, son, brother, friend, healer, mentor, mechanic, wind hippie, pilot, raconteur, contrarian, intellectual, plebeian, Renaissance Man.

Dave answered to Mr. Science, Pig, Three Dog Dave, numerous variations on those themes and countless other sobriquets. He would, and sometimes literally did, give a brother the Hawaiian shirt off his back. Dave left us too soon but he died doing something he loved while trying to give back. May we all be so lucky when the time comes.

David Gregory Healow was born on April 28, 1950, in Billings, Montana. He was the third child of six born to Tony and Jessie Healow. He attended school in Billings and graduated from Senior High in 1968. After graduating from college at the U of M in Missoula, Dave moved to Choteau, Montana, to fly his new crop duster. He had earned his private pilot license when he was 16, completed flight instructor training and glider pilot training during college. He taught flying in Choteau, Montana, and worked as a crop duster for four years. Then he got the wild idea that he should go to medical school. While in medical school at the university of New Mexico, he completed his commercial pilot rating and flew for Crown Airlines on the weekends. He completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, in June of 1983, specializing in anesthesiology. Then he began practicing medicine in Billings and continued to do so until his death.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Don and his nephew David Donald Healow. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Connie Oser, and his three children: Alec Healow, Hugh Healow and Sheilah Healow (Jeremy Dudley). He is also survived by his siblings: Rita Ryan (Mike), Steve Healow (Cathy), Jim Healow (Linda), Terry Healow (Deb Whitcomb) and Don’s wife Jan Healow. He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews whom he adored. And we can’t forget his three dogs: Kayla, Daisy and Buddy.

Dave had many passions. He adored his children: biological, foster and strays. His biggest accomplishment was learning how to live in recovery. He had been an active and passionate member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 33 years. His recent passion was to provide safe, sober housing for anyone in need.

Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.

Please join us on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. We will be celebrating Dave’s life at the Billings Elks Club, 934 Lewis Avenue.

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