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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 196478
Last updated: 27 January 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic T28 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
North American T-28A Trojan
Registration: N9103F
C/n / msn: 51-7606
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:W of Moorhead Municipal Airport, MN -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Fargo, ND (KFAR)
Destination airport:Pelican Rapids, MN (47Y)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The private pilot took off in the airplane for a cross-country personal flight. Shortly after reaching 1,800 ft mean sea level (msl), the pilot contacted the departure controller and said he was diverting to another nearby airport. He did not provide a reason for the diversion nor did he declare an emergency, and when asked if he needed assistance, he replied “no.” Subsequently, the controller told the pilot that a frequency change was approved and that radar services were terminated; however, no further communications were received from the pilot.
Radar data showed the airplane in a controlled descent on a southerly heading toward the diversion airport. The descent distance from 1,800 ft msl to the point of impact was 7.5 miles, for an average descent rate of 120 ft per mile. One witness reported that he saw the airplane fly over him and that it was “obviously in distress” and making a “terrible racket.” One witness said the engine was “popping,” and another witness reported that the airplane “sounded like it was in trouble.” One witness reported seeing the airplane’s right wing clip a light pole. The airplane then impacted a cornfield 1/2 mile from the airport.
Examination and disassembly of the engine revealed damage to the propeller case and gear case that was consistent with the engine running at impact, which corroborated the witnesses’ reports, and no evidence of malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. Oil specimens were within normal ranges. The reason for the abnormal engine sounds reported by the witnesses could not be determined.

Probable Cause: Controlled descent into terrain due to engine issues, the reason for which could not be determined because examination of the engine revealed no evidence of malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 7 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

03-Jul-2017 05:20 Geno Added
03-Jul-2017 08:11 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Embed code]
03-Jul-2017 08:20 Iceman 29 Updated [Aircraft type, Embed code, Narrative]
03-Jul-2017 08:32 Iceman 29 Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
03-Jul-2017 11:30 Iceman 29 Updated [Aircraft type]
03-Jul-2017 13:05 Iceman 29 Updated [Registration, Source, Narrative]
03-Jul-2017 18:03 A.J. Scholten Updated [Cn, Narrative]
05-Jan-2018 17:21 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
07-Feb-2018 13:48 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Cn, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]

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