Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Cessna 182Q Skylane, N25WX: Accident occurred October 24, 2021 near St. Ignatius Airport (52S), Lake 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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Cirrus Air LLC

Location: St Ignatius, MT
Accident Number: WPR22LA024
Date & Time: October 24, 2021, 11:20 Local
Registration: N25WX
Aircraft: Cessna 182Q
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N25WX
Model/Series: 182Q
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KMSO,3189 ft msl
Observation Time: 11:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 24 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C /3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 140°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.62 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: 47.325,-114.08083 (est)

A plane crash near St. Ignatius sent one person to the hospital on Sunday, according to Lake County Sheriff Don Bell.

Bell told MTN News the crash occurred Sunday afternoon near the St. Ignatius airport. He said it was a single-engine plane, with only one occupant inside.

The pilot is believed to have been leaving the Ronan area, and the plane had mechanical difficulties. The pilot attempted to land near the airport and crashed nearby.

Bell said crews responded and the pilot was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

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