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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 37405
Last updated: 10 November 2019
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Time:19:50 MST
Type:Silhouette image of generic PAY2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31T Cheyenne I
Owner/operator:Charles B. Fain t/a Fain Inc
Registration: N22CN
C/n / msn: 31T-7904049
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:15 nm South West of Brockway, McCone County, Montana -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:La Crosse Regional Airport, Lacrosse, Wisconsin (LSE/KLSE)
Destination airport:Glacier Park International Airport, Kalispell, Montana (FCA/KFCA)
On November 29, 1994, at 19:50 mountain standard time (MST), a Piper PA-31T1 Cheyenne, N22CN, being flown by a multi-engine, instrument rated, private pilot, broke up in flight and then collided with terrain during an uncontrolled descent. The aircraft was destroyed and a pre/post impact fire occurred. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The aircraft crashed 15 nautical miles southwest of Brockway, Montana. Dark night and variable meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan was in effect at the time. The flight, which was business in nature, was to have been operated under 14CFR91, and originated from Lacrosse, Wisconsin approximately 16:32 MST

Whilst en route from La Crosse, Wisconsin to Kalispell, Montana and apparently in normal cruising flight at FL220, the aircraft's transponder return showed a gain in height of about 500 feet. The transponder then showed a slight loss of height before it disappeared. The primary radar return continued to paint and showed the aircraft continuing towards the west before 'looping' back towards the east.

The aircraft subsequently impacted the ground near Brockway in an inverted, steep nose-down attitude and was destroyed. There was no distress call and the flight had appeared to be proceeding normally prior to the sudden change in the transponder return.

Most of the wreckage was contained within the crash site but a debris trail stretched away towards the east with parts of the aircraft's tail being found some three miles away. Witnesses who saw the aircraft descending described it as looking 'like a comet, trailing fire'. The accident happened in darkness (19:50 Local time) and in VMC. There were no reports of any in-flight turbulence. The ground impact site of the fuselage was established by a hand-held global positioning system (GPS) receiver as 47 degrees 05.184 minutes north latitude and 105 degrees 56.595 minutes west longitude at an elevation of approximately 2,975 feet above mean sea level.

The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the accident was a loss of control for undetermined reasons. On site examination of the wreckage was conducted on December 1/2, 1994, after which the wreckage was conditionally released in writing to Mr. Chris Layton of Bierman-Condray, Inc., for the purposes of recovery and storage. The second examination of the wreckage was conducted on April 18th at the facilities of Loss Management Services, Inc., in St. Louis, Missouri, where the aircraft was being stored. The aircraft was verbally released to a representative of Loss Management at the end of that day and written release of the full wreckage was initiated April 28, 1995. Registration N22CN cancelled by the FAA on August 27, 2012.


1. NTSB Identification: SEA95FA025 at
2. FAA:

Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
06-Aug-2017 14:04 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
06-Aug-2017 14:08 TB Updated [Aircraft type]
06-Aug-2017 14:10 TB Updated [Aircraft type]
06-Aug-2017 19:47 TB Updated [Aircraft type]
13-Sep-2017 16:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Sep-2017 16:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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