Monday, May 17, 2021

Cessna 182H Skylane, N2430X: Fatal accident occurred May 17, 2021 and Incident occurred January 30, 2017

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; Grand Rapids, Michigan
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas

Gateway Air Service Inc

Location: St. Louis, MI 
Accident Number: CEN21FA220
Date & Time: May 17, 2021, 13:08 Local
Registration: N2430X
Aircraft: Cessna 182 
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Aerial observation

On May 17, 2021, about 1308 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 182H airplane, N2430X, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near St. Louis, Michigan. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 pipeline patrol flight.

According to the operator, the flight originally departed Clare Municipal Airport (48D), Clare, Michigan, about 0828 and flew a pipeline patrol flight to the southeast and landed about 1128 to refuel at Romeo State Airport (D98), Romeo, Michigan. According to fueling records, the pilot purchased 41.2 gallons of fuel before he departed D98 about 1206. The operator reported that the accident occurred during another pipeline patrol flight that tracked northwest toward Kalkaska, Michigan.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) radar data, the airplane’s ground track followed the intended pipeline northwest at an altitude between 500 ft and 800 ft above ground level (agl). Further review of the radar track data (Figures 1-2, and Chart 1) revealed that the airplane flew into an area containing a 1,049 ft tall radio antenna supported by multiple guy wires. According to a FAA visual flight rules (VFR) sectional chart, the top of the radio antenna was at 1,739 ft mean sea level (msl).

At 1308:18, the airplane was at 1,169 ft msl, about 0.65 miles southeast of the radio antenna, and was flying northwest directly toward the radio antenna. The airplane then entered a climb, and the ground track turned right about 4.5°. At 1308:33, the final radar return was at 1,369 ft msl and about 580 ft eastsoutheast of the radio antenna. The airplane’s last recorded position was about 370 ft below the top of the radio antenna, and the airplane’s ground track was toward the guy wires attached to the northeast side of the radio antenna.

An onsite examination revealed that the left wing collided with one of the support guy wires attached to the northeast side of the radio antenna. The left wing, left horizontal stabilizer, left elevator, and left cabin door were found near the radio antenna and within the support guy wire perimeter. The remaining wreckage was located in a dirt field about 0.3 mile northwest of the radio antenna. A postimpact fire destroyed most of the airplane’s cabin structure.

The wreckage was recovered to a secured facility where an additional examination will be conducted.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N2430X
Model/Series: 182 H 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMOP,755 ft msl
Observation Time: 13:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C /8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 5500 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 210°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.21 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Romeo, MI (D98)
Destination: Clare, MI (48D)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: Unknown
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 43.51798,-84.55103 

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.

Slade David Martin
July 21, 1997 - May 17, 2021

Slade David Martin, beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and best friend, age 23, of Elwell passed away Monday, May 17, 2021 in Midland County. He was born on July 21, 1997 in Alma the son of Troy and Angelia “Angie” (Conn) Martin.

Slade graduated from Alma High School in 2015 as a class Valedictorian and earned his bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University in Biology.

Slade had an unwavering drive to reach and shatter any goal he set for himself. He was always striving to do more and be a better person in everyway possible. Slade had a passion for flying and this past Saturday achieved his Multi Engine Pilot Rating, being one step closer to his next goal of becoming a Commercial Pilot. Slade worked with Three Point Aviation in Alma and helped others with their goal of flying as a Certified Flight Instructor. He also worked flying for a pipeline company.

Slade will be dearly missed by all who knew him and be remembered for his drive, determination, being able to stretch every dollar, his great love of the outdoors, trying new things and most importantly his family.

He is survived by his mother, Angie Martin; father, Troy (Kathleen) Martin; brothers, Dalin and Case Martin; grandparents, William “Bill” and Janet Conn, Joyce Martin; aunts and uncles, Elynn (Scott) Minnick, Shawn (Dan) Ebright, Joanne Kyser, Tam (Rob) Smith, Scott (Laura) Martin; cousins, Hawke (Trisha) and Gibbs Grover, Dane (Erica) Grady and Grant Grover, Tyler Minnick, Kylee (Seth) Lawson and Holt Hubbard, Emily (Shane) Rummer, Cleo Kyser, Brittany Knarr, Brock Martin, Drake Martin; his girlfriend, Elise Meyer and many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, James Martin.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at the Alma Airport at 12 pm with Pastor Brian Wickes officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 10 am until the time of services. Interment will be held at a later date in Seville Township Cemetery. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the family, for a scholarship fund.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Lux-Moody-Wolfel Funeral Home, Alma. To view Slade’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family, please visit

Memorial for Slade Martin 

My name is AJ Loomis. I am trying to raise money for not only the family but to build a memorial for remembrance of Slade Martin after a fatal plane crash. We would like to remember him for all the hard work and flight training he has done between Alma Airport and Mt. Pleasant Airport. He was a great man and had a great future ahead of him! Please anything will help, thank you and God Bless!

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

MIDLAND COUNTY, Michigan (WJRT) - A pilot from Gratiot County died after his plane crashed into a field in a rural area of Midland County on Monday afternoon.

Witnesses reported seeing the Cessna 182H Skylane crash into a field in the area of Geneva and Ball roads in Midland County’s Jasper Township around 1:20 p.m. The plane caught fire after coming to a stop in the field.

The Midland County Sheriff’s Office says firefighters found the body of the 23-year-old pilot in the cockpit after extinguishing the fire and he was pronounced dead on the scene. Investigators say he was alone in the airplane when it crashed.

Police did not identify the pilot Monday while they worked to notify his family.

Investigators were not immediately sure what caused the plane to crash. The Federal Aviation Administration will conduct a full investigation, which is expected to take months.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Eastern Michigan 

January 30, 2017:  Aircraft experienced an engine failure and landed on a road near Saginaw, Michigan

Gateway Air Service Inc

Date: 30-JAN-17
Time: 14:30:00Z
Regis#: N2430X
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182H
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Operation: 91

January 30, 2017

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