Saturday, April 09, 2022

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)


  1. est $175,00 acft destroyed.
    Q. How much damage will be done to my plane if I land it with a parachute?
    A. In all likelihood the aircraft will suffer some significant damage. The terrain where you land will affect this greatly. Though the extent of damage has varied from plane to plane, most GA aircraft that have come down under a BRS deployment have eventually (or will soon) fly again.

    Q. How much stress is there on passengers at touchdown?
    A. Less than 4Gs. At a severe test condition (straight down, on wheels, on flat concrete), occupant load on touchdown has been demonstrated to be well within tolerances for spinal compression.

  2. Fuel exhaustion crashes from improper button-pressing on flow totalizers show up regularly in these reports. Gadget-ology can't beat opening the fill ports and dipping a wood stick.

  3. Said it before and I say it again - Dipstick !

  4. why would you not just top off the fuel? Hard to understand why you would even take a chance knowing you had fuel indicator issues before.