Friday, March 20, 2020

Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster, N274PM: Fatal accident occurred March 17, 2020 in La Crosse, Rush County, Kansas

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas 
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N274PM


Location: LaCrosse, KS
Accident Number: CEN20LA122
Date & Time: 03/17/2020, 0919 CDT
Registration: N274PM
Aircraft: Cessna 208
Injuries:1 Fatal 
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled 

On March 17, 2020, about 0919 central daylight time (CDT), a Cessna 208B, N274PM, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident about 7 nautical miles northwest of La Crosse, Kansas. The airline transport pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 135 on-demand cargo flight.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Transportation Safety Board did not respond to the accident site.

The Planemasters Ltd. flight, PMS1670, was being operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan from Wichita Dwight D Eisenhower National Airport (ICT), Wichita, Kansas, to Hays Regional Airport (HYS), Hays, Kansas. A review of Federal Aviation Administration preliminary air traffic control (ATC) communications and commercially available radar and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast data revealed that the flight departed ICT about 0751 CDT. At 0825, the HYS automated weather observation service (AWOS) was reporting, in part, winds from 080° at 11 knots, visibility 1 statute mile, and overcast clouds at 200 ft above ground level. About 0831, the radar and ADS-B data were lost as the airplane descended through 4,000 ft while being vectored for the instrument landing system (ILS) approach to runway 34. Shortly thereafter, the pilot executed a missed approach, and about 0843, the airplane was re-acquired by radar and ADS-B. The pilot stated to ATC his intention to attempt the ILS approach to runway 34 a second time.

At 0841, the HYS AWOS indicated that visibility had dropped to ¼ statute mile in fog. About 0853, radar and ADS-B data were again lost as the airplane descended on the instrument approach. About 0859, the airplane was re-acquired by radar northwest of HYS. At that time, the pilot stated his intention to divert to Great Bend Airport (GBD), Great Bend, Kansas. A review of radar and ADS-B data showed the airplane begin a turn to the south toward GBD while climbing to about 7,000 ft. About 0918, the airplane began a descent and left turn. The last radar and ADS-B targets were observed about 0918:48.

The wreckage was discovered in a field about 0945. The airplane's tail and wings were visible above ground, with the forward fuselage and engine section buried several feet under the terrain, consistent with a near-vertical, high-speed impact. The main landing gear was bent aft towards the tail with the left and right main wheel protruding from the ground. The smell of Jet-A fuel was present at the accident site.

The wreckage was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N274PM
Model/Series:208 B 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Planemasters Ltd
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter Air Carrier (135)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: DPUA 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHYS, 1998 ft msl
Observation Time: 1356 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 21 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 3°C / 2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 70°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 200 ft agl
Visibility:  0.25 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.26 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Wichita, KS (ICT)
Destination: Hays, KS (HYS) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 38.540000, -99.460000 (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.


RUSH COUNTY— One person died in an accident just before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Rush County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster piloted by Anthony P. Thompson, 56, Apopka, Florida, crashed in a field near Kansas 4 Highway and 170 Road one mile south and one half mile west of 160 Road, Ave L.

Thompson was pronounced dead at a the scene.  The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

RUSH COUNTY - A small airplane crashed in Rush County Tuesday morning, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Troop E Technical Trooper Michael Racy says the crash killed at least one person.

KHP received a report approximately at 9:29 this morning and responded to the scene in a wheat field near K-4 and 170 Road. The location is northwest of La Crosse.

Racy says Federal Aviation Administration investigators from Dodge City are on site as KHP provides security.

Original article ➤ https://hayspost.com

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