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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 30010
Last updated: 18 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-44-180
Owner/operator:University of North Dakota
Registration: N294ND
MSN: 4496029
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Rapid City, SD -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Fairburn, SD (3V0)
Destination airport:Rapid City, SD (RAP)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The airplane was destroyed during an in-flight collision with the terrain following an intentional pitch-up maneuver, approximately at mid-field to an altitude of 1,000 feet above ground level, and subsequent intentional nose-down maneuver which resulted in the collision with the runway. According to an Investigation Report prepared by the Pennington County Sheriff's Office, the pilot's cause of death was, "...blunt force trauma due to an airplane crash with the manner of death as suicide."
Probable Cause: Suicide



Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
28-Mar-2015 18:54 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
12-Dec-2017 19:15 ASN Update Bot Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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