Saturday, September 05, 2020

Cessna A188B AGWagon, C-GWWE: Accident occurred July 09, 2020 in Pembina, North Dakota

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 did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota

Location: Pembina, ND

Accident Number: CEN20LA270
Date & Time: 07/09/2020, 0805 CDT
Registration: C-GWWE
Aircraft: CESSNA 188
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Non-U.S., Non-Commercial

On July 9, 2020, about 0805 central daylight time, a Cessna 188 airplane, Canadian registry C-GWWE, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Pembina, North Dakota. The commercial pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Canadian Aviation Regulations (CAR) Subpart 702 aerial work flight.

About 0745, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer observed the airplane spraying fungicide on a canola field in Canada adjacent to the U.S. border. Following each southbound spray pass, the airplane would fly into the U.S. and make a left turn back toward the Canadian field. After observing a post-crash fire about 1.5 miles north of his position, the officer responded to the accident site and rendered assistance to the pilot. Due to his injuries, the pilot did not recall events of the accident.

Examination by Federal Aviation Administration inspectors revealed the airplane impacted the canola field left wing down and came to rest with the right wing laying over the left wing. The debris path was oriented toward the southeast and about 150 ft long.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA

Model/Series: 188
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:No
Operator: Southeast Air Services
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions

Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: K2C8, 893 ft msl
Observation Time: 0755 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / 19 knots, 250°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.7 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Altona, MB (CJL6)
Destination: Altona, MB (CJL6)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious

Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: Unknown
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 48.991944, -97.375833

U.S. Border Patrol Agent Renders Aid After Witnessing Airplane Crash on Patrol

Release Date: July 9, 2020

PEMBINA North Dakota — On July 9th, 2020 at approximately 8:00 a.m., a Grand Forks Sector Border Patrol Agent assigned to the Pembina Station witnessed an airplane crash in a field while on patrol west of Pembina, ND. The Agent, who is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), immediately responded to the scene and requested support from Emergency Medical Services and local law enforcement via Grand Forks Sector Dispatch.

Upon arrival, the Agent observed the injured pilot outside of the burning aircraft. He assisted in moving the man to safety and immediately rendered first aid while waiting for additional personnel to arrive. Due to recent precipitation, the field was too muddy to access with patrol vehicles. Additional agents arrived on scene and assisted in carrying the man out of the field on a litter to the nearest road. Local EMS arrived shortly after and transported the man to the nearest hospital where he was provided medical attention for his injuries.

Local law enforcement also responded and provided scene security. The Federal Aviation Administration is primary investigative agency for this incident.

“Nationwide, law enforcement officers respond to incidents on a daily basis, which are far from routine,” said Acting Chief Patrol Agent William J. Maddocks. “Quite often, complex life threatening situations unravel right before our eyes, and this situation was no different. Just as many departments, we are fortunate to have agents that are both trained and prepared to respond in an instant to a variety of emergencies. I am thankful that we had an agent, who is also an EMT, who happened to be right there when this crash occurred.”

In addition to fulfilling our border security mission, agents provide an additional emergency response capability in the areas they are assigned and are often amongst the first on scene at accidents and critical incidents. Grand Forks Sector currently has 18 agents that are certified as EMTs. They have received emergency medical training beyond that of basic lifesaving skills such as CPR.

Residents are encouraged to report suspicious activity anonymously at 1-800-982-4077, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or email at

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.

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