Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Cessna 210D Centurion, N3944Y: Accident occurred August 10, 2021 near West Fargo Municipal Airport (D54), Cass County, 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

Brown Pelican Aviation LLC

Location: West Fargo, ND 
Accident Number: CEN21LA371
Date & Time: August 10, 2021, 15:45 Local 
Registration: N3944Y
Aircraft: Cessna 210D 
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On August 10, 2021, about 1545 central daylight time, a Cessna 210D airplane, N3944Y, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near West Fargo, North Dakota. The pilot was seriously injured. The flight was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight.

According to eyewitnesses, the pilot performed a go-around after an attempt to land on runway 18 at the West Fargo Municipal Airport (D54), West Fargo, North Dakota. Another witness saw the airplane bank right and then heard the engine “cut out”. The airplane impacted a field west of runway 18.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N3944Y
Model/Series: 210D
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file 
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: KFAR,899 ft msl 
Observation Time: 15:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C /7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 19 knots / 30 knots, 260°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.68 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:

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: 46.903989,-96.929787 (est)

November 05, 2021 -- A pilot who crashed in a West Fargo soybean field is slowly recovering.  

Jeffrey Kloster was trying to land his Cessna 210D Centurion in August when witnesses say his engine cut out, leading him to clip a tree and nosedive into the ground. Kloster was hospitalized with broken bones and vertebrae and a spinal cord leak for nearly a month before being transferred home to a rehab facility in Nebraska.  

His family says he is beginning to take small steps towards recovery, and again has mentioned how lucky his is to be alive.

WEST FARGO, North Dakota - A pilot suffered serious injuries after crashing his single engine aircraft in West Fargo. It happened Tuesday just before 4:00 p.m. approximately 1 mile west of West Fargo on 12th Avenue NW, or near 12th Avenue NW/26th Street NW. The aircraft had just left the area of the West Fargo Airport, but city leaders say the pilot was not local out of the West Fargo Municipal Airport.

Police say the plane struck the top of a tree row and crashed into an adjacent field. First responders on the scene told our crew the pilot, who is in his 60s, has been taken to the hospital with significant injuries and extensive damage to his legs. The West Fargo Fire Department extracted the pilot with the assistance of the West Fargo Municipal airport staff. Our reporter on scene said it took more than 40 minutes to safely extract the pilot from the plane.

The name of the pilot is expected to be released tomorrow.

The incident remains under investigation by the FAA. Other assisting agencies include the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, West Fargo Police Department, West Fargo Rural Fire Department, and FM Ambulance.

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