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NTSB AVIATION ACCIDENT/INCIDENT DATABASE REPORT


General Information

Data Source:                          NTSB AVIATION ACCIDENT/INCIDENT DATABASE
   Report Number:                        CHI01FA001 
   Local Date:                           10/02/2000
   Local Time:                           19:33 MDT
   State:                                SD    
   City:                                 RAPID CITY                         
   Airport Name:                                                  
   Airport Id:                                 
   Event Type:                           ACCIDENT
   Injury Severity:                      FATAL  
   Report Status:                        PRELIM     
   Mid Air Collision:                    NO 

Operations Information

Category of Operation:                GENERAL AVIATION       
   Aircraft Type:                        AIRPLANE       
   Aircraft Damage:                      DESTROYED        
   Phase of Flight:                      580 MANEUVERING                                       
   Aircraft Make/Model:                  PIPER PA-44-180                 
   Operator Doing Business As:                                         
   Operator Name:                        UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA    
   Operator Code:                            
   Operator:                                                                       
   Owner Name:                                                         

Narrative

On October 2, 2000, at 1933 mountain daylight time (mdt), a Piper 
   PA-44-180, N294ND, owned and operated by the University of North 
   Dakota, was destroyed during an in-flight collision with the terrain, 
   following a pitch-up maneuver, approximately at mid-field to an 
   altitude of 1000 feet above ground level (agl), and subsequent 
   nose-down maneuver, impacting runway 32 ( 8,701 feet by 150 feet, 
   dry/concrete ) at the Rapid City Regional Airport, Rapid City, South 
   Dakota.  The aircraft had been conducting touch and go operations on 
   runway 32 prior to the accident.  Visual metrological conditions 
   prevailed at the time of the accident.  The personal flight was 
   operating under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 91 and was not on a 
   flight plan.  The commercial pilot, the sole occupant on the aircraft, 
   was fatally injured.  The flight departed Custer State Park Airport, 
   Fairburn, South Dakota, at exact time unknown.
According to a witness, 
   who had conversed with the accident pilot at the Custer State Park 
   Airport (3V0), the accident airplane landed at 3V0 around 1800 mdt.  
   The accident pilot conveyed to the witness that he had flown from 
   Nebraska and was thinking about flying to Denver that evening.  After a 
   few minutes of conversation, the accident pilot stated to the witness 
   that he was thinking about flying by Mount Rushmore and wanted to know 
   if there were any flight restrictions over the monument.  The witness 
   conveyed that there were altitude restrictions over the monument and 
   discussed specific details on how to depart from the Custer State Park 
   Airport.  The witness reported that when he departed 3V0, after 1830 
   mdt, the accident airplane and pilot were still present at the 
   airport.
According to a preliminary transcript of the Air Traffic 
   Control (ATC) communications that were conducted between the accident 
   airplane and the Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP) local controller 
   (LC), the accident airplane approached RAP from the southwest at 
   1849:34.
The communications between N294ND and the RAP LC were 
   preliminarily transcribed as:
1852:14 N294ND 		rapid city tower 
   seminole two niner four november delta out of six 			       thousand 
   five hundred for stop and goes seven to ... the ... west
1852:28 LC 
   		two niner four november delta rapid city tower runway three two 
   		cleared to land win... correction cleared for the option wind zero 
   			       three zero at eight
1852:34 N294ND 		cleared for the option 
   four november delta thank you
1856:47 LC 		four november delta can make 
   left closed traffic
1856:50 N294ND	 		roger four november delta
1858:24 
   LC 		four november delta runway three two cleared for the option 
   traffic 			       bonanza on the go be right turn
1859:29 N294ND 		kay 
   traffic in sight cleared for the option four november delta
1901:02 LC 
   		four november delta make right traffic this pass traffic cessna four 
   			       miles northwest be entering left downwind
1901:08 N249ND 
   		roger right traffic four november delta
1901:42 N249ND 		four 
   november delta we can we'll make it a tight one this time
1901:47 LC 
   		four november delta roger cleared for the option
1901:49 N249ND 
   		cleared for the option four november delta
1904:35 N294ND 		tower 
   four november delta did you want me on left traffic again
1904:38 LC 
   		four november delta your choice this pass left or right traffic       
             		approved
1904:42 N294ND 		kay i guess we'll go left traffic 
   four november delta
1904:45 LC 		roger and squawk and maintain 
   v-f-r
1904:47 N294ND 		okay v-f-r fournovember delta
1905:58 LC 		four 
   november delta is cleared for the option wind zero two zero at 
   		eight
1906:01 N294ND 		cleared for the option four november 
   delta
1910:40 LC 		four november delta cleared for the option
1910:42 
   N294ND 		cleared for the option four november delta
1910:53 N294ND 
   		how late is ah how later are you open till tonight
1910:55 LC 		open 
   till ten
1914:49 N294ND 		and four november delta are we clear
1914:51 
   LC 		four november delta cleared for the option
1914:54 N294ND 
   		cleared for the option four november delta
1918:37 LC 		four november 
   delta's cleared for the option wind zero two zero at 		eight
1918:40 
   N294ND 		four november delta cleared for the option thank you
1921:32 
   N294ND 		and for four november delta do you have ah a second to take 
   down a 			       phone number real quick
1921:39 LC 		go ahead
1921:41 
   N294ND 		it is one eight hundred three four four zero three one four 
   and 			    				that's ah UND flight operations
1921:53 LC 		roger we 
   got one eight hundred three four four zero three one four
1921:57 
   N294ND 		roger four november delta and ah you don't need to use 
   it
1922:03 N294ND 		yet
1922:04 LC 		roger
1925:13 N294ND 		so it looks 
   like about one more option then ah full stop for four 			    			      
   november delta
1925:18 LC 		roger
1926:32 LC 		four november delta's 
   cleared for the option wind zero two zero at 		eight
1926:36   F N294ND 
   		cleared for the option four november delta
1930:35 N294ND 		for four 
   november delta you still have that phone number
1930:37 LC 
   		affirm
1930:39 N294ND 		kay four november delta after all this ah 
   that's the people that you 			       can contact at UND um and we'll be 
   full stop this time and ah
1931:01 N294ND 		and four november delta 
   still cleared to land right
1931:03 LC 		four november delta is cleared 
   to land and what did you want me to 			       tell them when i call 
   em
1931:09 N294ND 		stand by four november delta
1932:06 N294ND 		okay 
   for four november delta uh
1932:14 N294ND 		yea standy
1932:18 N294ND 
   		for four november delta we've got ah thirty gallons fuel on board 
   		one soul on board and my name is bob thompsen and if you can give 
   		them a call at that one eight hundred number and let them know its 
   		ah where i'm at and also if you could tell my family and friends 
   		that i love them very much
1932:44 N294ND 		my name again is bob 
   thompsen
1932:47 LC 		you just ah were you going to depart out of here 
   or stay the night
1932:49 N294ND 		um I'll stay the night
1932:51 LC 
   		roger we'll let em know
1932:55 N294ND 		and ah it be a good idea to 
   get ah airport rescue and firefighting 			     out here too 
   please
1933:02 LC 		four november delta are you declaring an 
   emergency
1933:13 LC 		four november delta tower
1933:20 LC 		two niner 
   four november delta rapid city tower
1933:26 N294ND 		(unintelligible) 
   ...me 

Probable Cause


Aircraft Information

Number of Seats:                      0  
   Aircraft Use:                         PERSONAL           
   Type of Operation:                    14 CFR 91 
   Domestic/International:                            
   Passenger/Cargo:                                        
   Registration Number:                  294ND 
   Air Carrier Operating Certificates:   
   Aircraft Fire:                        

                  Injuries
          Fatal  Serious  Minor  None
   Crew      1       0       0      0
   Pass      0       0       0      0
   Other     0       0       0      0
   Invlvd    1       0       0      0

   Landing Gear:                         
   Certificated Maximum Gross Weight:    0
   Engine Make:                                       
   Engine Model:                                      
   Number of Engines:                    0 
   Engine Type:                                                      

Environment/Operations Information

Basic Weather Conditions:             VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS (VMC)  
   Wind Direction (deg):                 20
   Wind Speed (knots):                   5
   Visibility (sm):                      10
   Visibility RVR (ft):                  0
   Visibility RVV (sm):                  0
   Cloud Height Above Ground Level (ft): 0
   Visibility Restrictions:              
   Precipitation Type:                   NONE
   Light Condition:                      
   Departure Airport Id:                 3V0 
   Departure City:                       FAIRBURN
   Departure State:                      SD
   Destination Airport Id:               RAP 
   Destination City:                     
   Destination State:                      
   Flight Plan Filed:                    NONE
   ATC Clearance:                        
   VFR Approach/Landing:                 
   Event Location:                       

Pilot-in-Command

Certificates:                         
   Ratings:
     Plane:                              
     Non-Plane:                          
     Instrument:                         
   Had Current BFR:                      
   Months Since Last BFR:                0  
   Medical Certificate:                  
   Medical Certificate Validity:         

              Flight Time (Hours)
   Total       :      0  Last 24 Hrs :    0
   Make/Model  :      0  Last 30 Days:    0
   Instrument  :      0  Last 90 Days:    0
   Multi-Engine:      0  Rotorcraft  :    0

Source: NTSB