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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 269049
Last updated: 3 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-181 Archer TX
Owner/operator:University of North Dakota
Registration: N820ND
MSN: 2881048
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:SE of Buxton, Traill County, ND -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Grand Forks Airport, ND (GFK/KGFK)
Destination airport:Fargo-Hector International Airport, ND (FAR/KFAR)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

According to preliminary air traffic control (ATC) data, the airplane departed the Grand Forks International Airport (GFK), Grand Forks, North Dakota, about 1900, for a night, solo cross-country flight to Hector International Airport (FAR), Fargo, North Dakota. The airplane departed runway 17L, climbed to about 3,700 ft mean sea level, and continued south toward FAR. About 30 miles from GFK, the data showed the airplane turned left about 180 and began a rapid descent. ATC data was lost about 1924. Based on an estimate of the last known flight track position, the airplane was located by local law enforcement about 2040.

The airplane wreckage was located in a plowed, soft, dirt field, and distributed on a measured magnetic heading of about 300. The initial impact point in the field, which was consistent with both wings, the landing gear, and fuselage, was located about 25 ft from the main wreckage. The initial impact contained the two-blade propeller and propeller hub, and several separated sections of the forward, lower fuselage. Fragmented sections of the engine cowling, upper cockpit and windscreen structure, plexiglass, and avionics were found in the debris forward of the main wreckage. Both wing leading edges were crushed aft to the flaps and ailerons. The forward fuselage was crushed aft to the rear cabin bulkhead. The airplane damage was consistent with a high angle and high energy impact with terrain.

Post-accident examination of the airplane revealed no mechanical malfunctions that would have precluded normal operations.

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Revision history:

19-Oct-2021 04:01 Geno Added
19-Oct-2021 06:09 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
19-Oct-2021 07:07 Camber Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
19-Oct-2021 07:07 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
19-Oct-2021 09:13 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type]
19-Oct-2021 11:42 johnwg Updated [Time, Source]
19-Oct-2021 19:36 RobertMB Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
19-Oct-2021 23:01 Captain Adam Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
20-Oct-2021 06:46 johnwg Updated [Time, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
28-Oct-2021 16:44 aaronwk Updated [Time, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category]

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