New information released on crashes that killed two leaders

Plane Crash

WICHITA, Kansas – KSN has obtained new information about two separate plane crashes that killed Kansas leaders.

Representative Donald Dahl was killed in a crash near Hillsboro, and Barton County Commissioner Don Cates died in another crash near Garfield.

In the April 18th crash, Dahl was piloting the plane and took two tries at takeoff but could not gain altitude and hit a tree. Initial reports do not indicate engine malfunction.

In the April 22nd crash near Garfield, Cates was dusting crops when the plane hit a set of powerlines.

Read the full reports below.


NTSB Identification: CEN14LA205
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, April 18, 2014 in Hillsboro, KS
Aircraft: QUICKSILVER GT400, registration: -
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On April 18, 2014, about 1345 central daylight time, an unregistered light sport Quicksilver GT400 airplane, collided with a tree and impacted water after takeoff from a private grass strip near Hillsboro, Kansas. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was owned by a private individual and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident and was destined for Alfred Schroeder Field Airport (M66), Hillsboro, Kansas. 


According to a witness, the pilot assembled the airplane prior to departure. After the assembling was complete, the pilot attempted to start the engine. When the engine did not start he poured fuel into the carburetor and the engine started. When the airplane taxied down the runway to prepare for takeoff, the airplane veered off the grass strip. The pilot repositioned the airplane and aligned the airplane for takeoff. After takeoff, the airplane made a steep right turn to the north but did not appear to gain any altitude. The airplane continued north and collided with a tree about 15 feet high. The pilot was ejected from the cockpit and the airplane continued into the pond next to the tree. He noted that the airplane’s engine sounded the same throughout the duration of the flight and didn’t appear to be malfunctioning. 


According to the responding federal aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the airplane did not contain a seatbelt. 
The airplane was retained for further examination.


NTSB Identification: CEN14LA211
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in Garfield, KS
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT 502B, registration: N51990
Injuries: 1 Fatal. 

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On April 22, 2014, about 1330 central daylight time, N51990, an Air Tractor 502B, was destroyed when it collided with power lines then terrain while spraying a hay field in Garfield. Kansas. The airline transport rated pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Farmer’s Spraying Service Incorporated, Pratt, Kansas. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the aerial spraying flight conducted under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137.

A witness stated that he had hired the pilot to spray his hay field for weevils. He was standing in his home looking out a window when he saw the airplane start its first pass from south to north. The witness then saw a puff of smoke when the airplane struck a set power lines that ran east and west along the field. The airplane descended behind a tree line and the witness immediately called 911. The witness then drove toward where he last saw the airplane and discovered that it had impacted a road. There was no post-impact fire.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector responded to the accident site and said the airplane struck the very top wire to the power line, which was a 3-inch-wide static cable.

 

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