Friday, September 23, 2022

Arion Lightning, N638JM: Fatal accident occurred September 20, 2022 in Kenora, Ontario, Canada

National Transportation Safety Board - Accident Number: GAA22WA290

Federal Aviation Administration / International Field Office; Los Angeles

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances while conducting low fly-by of cottage. 

Date: 21-SEP-22
Time: 24:00:00Z
Regis#: N638JM
Aircraft Make: ARION
Aircraft Model: LIGHTNING
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew: 1 Fatal
Pax:  0
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Operation: 91
Country: CANADA

A Roseau, Minnesota man who died while piloting a small plane on the Canadian side of Lake of the Woods this week has been identified as Joshua Broten.


  1. Buzzing a house seems like fun, but it is often deadly. The problem is they get into a tighter and tighter spiral and don’t realize the air speed is dropping. By the time they realize it, or even if they don’t, they stall and spin into the ground.

    1. That or after their low pass, they try to perform a rapid climb and pull back too much on the stick thinking that being level with sufficient airspeed will avoid a stall, but they quickly discover that an aircraft will indeed stall at any airspeed and attitude with improper control inputs.

    2. Cmon, it's not dangerous to fly circles around your house. I've done it since I was a student pilot and never had any problems.
      If what you said were true then students, commercial, and CFI applicants would be dropping dead from doing turns around a point and other ground reference maneuvers.

  2. Low fly-bys are fun...until they aren't. During WWII an AAF pilot and crew on a training flight dipped down over his folks on their farm and left his B-24 tail in a tree in the front yard. Made it 1.5 miles before the inevitable crash and burn. It was about 3 miles from my place.

  3. For those who like to do it, it's fun, until it isn't. The Top Gun mentality got him

  4. We use to buzz friends houses in Texas all the time. I lived just 1.3 miles from our private grass strip and got a buzz almost anytime someone we knew flew in. Main difference is we lived in a very sparsely populated area with nothing but large farm fields. You could ditch a plane almost anywhere with minimal damage. In the 20 years I lived there we had 2 ditching due to engine issues in single-engine planes. In both cases we were able to repair the airplane on site and after, one took off from a road, other from a grass waterway. FAA never found out.

    We did have one airplane crash on our runway due to a hard landing from an unstabilized approach. Main thing to check after that is the ELT. It got triggered and they showed up in the middle of the night, so that one is on the books. News camera are like vultures after that too.

    This was all also about 20 years ago, before every tom, dick and harry got a security camera in their back yard.

    1. I buzzed my parent's house in a King Air in 1984, after flying pretty low over a corn field just west of Fort Wayne. When the feds called me a few days later, I lied my ass off (it wasn't me, I wasn't that low, etc.).

      It didn't work.

      They suspended my privileges for six months.
      I don't think they believed me.
      I was flying as a maintenance test pilot for Beech Aircraft.
      I just kept flying.

      Different times, I guess.

    2. If I were the FAA POI, I would have put in a 12-month suspension for legal to apply. A letter certainly would have been sent to Beech about your careless and reckless behavior. I grow tired at looking at the remains of pilots who do things like buzzing and then get whacked. Wake up, this isn't a strafing exercise or real war time efforts at knocking off some enemy. All it takes is one event to ruin the day for many people.

  5. Buzzing and low fly-by's might be fun to some. However, as stated within this report's comments, pooh-pooh happens and the ultimate price is paid. In this case it appears two good-looking little boys will be without a Dad because Dad didn't use his sense and went beyond his piloting capabilities in an airplane that most likely was pushed beyond it's capabilities too. Heck of a formula.

  6. The FBO I worked at had a flight instructor who thought that buzzing a friend was a good idea, till he caught the landing gear on a power line. He took down almost a mile of line, destroyed 10 acres of wheat, killed 10 cows, and burned up a 3-year-old Arrow. Luckily no one got killed.