Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Cessna 172I Skyhawk, N46017: Accident occurred December 08, 2020 at Dillon Airport (KDLN), Beaverhead 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 did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena, Montana

Martineau Aircraft Inc


Location: Dillon, MT
Accident Number: WPR21LA067
Date & Time: December 8, 2020, 10:10 Local 
Registration: N46017
Aircraft: Cessna 172 
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N46017
Model/Series: 172 I 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot school (141)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDLN,5222 ft msl 
Observation Time: 09:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 3°C /-11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 18 knots / , 220°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.34 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Bozeman, MT (BZN)
Destination: Dillon, MT (DLN)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 45.264859,-112.55151 (est)

DILLON — The pilot injured in a Tuesday morning plane crash was transported to a Missoula hospital for treatment.

Beaverhead Sheriff Paul Craft identified the injured pilot as 23-year-old Matthew Dixon Jr. of Bozeman.

The pilot crashed a Cessna 172I Skyhawk while attempting a landing at the airport about 9 a.m. The pilot was transported to Barrett Hospital and HealthCare in Dillon that morning.

Federal Aviation Administration records indicate Dixon was certified as a student pilot in August.


DILLON, Montana — A pilot is hospitalized Tuesday morning after crashing his plane at the Dillon Airport.

Beaverhead Sheriff Paul Craft said a man flying a small Cessna crashed while attempting a landing at the airport about 9 a.m. The pilot was transported to Barrett Hospital and HealthCare in Dillon, but his condition has not been released.

“He was alive and talking to us,” said Craft, who was at the crash scene. “He was taking to the EMTs and medical professionals up there, so I know he was somewhat alert and conscious.”

The plane was coming from Gallatin County before crashing at the airport located about three miles northeast of Dillon. The identity of the pilot has not been released.

The incident remains under investigation.


  1. Interesting seeing the broken back. Why? Because there was a NASA crash test of a couple of old 172s dropped from a sling to hit the ground at 45 and 60 degree angles respectively. The study was done at the LandIR (Landing And Impact Research) facility In Hampton, VA to look into better ELT impact protection. Both had the exact same broken backs. Here's a link to one of them:


  2. PIC had 6,500 ahead at his last recorded position of 45.2696 -112.5526, just short of Rwy 17s threshold. Runway 17/35 Dimensions: 6501 x 75 ft.
    Tue 10:57:59 EST 45.2696 -112.5526 ↓ 181° 56kts 64mph 4,900 -527 Descending FlightAware ADS-B (KDLN)
    KDLN 12/08/2020 8:53 AM 32 F 12 F 44 % S 14 mph 0 mph 25.02 in Fair


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