NTSB Identification: DEN85LA221.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30221.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Thursday, August 15, 1985 in BILLINGS, MT
Aircraft: BEECH E18S, registration: N44N
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PLT STATED THAT HE ENCOUNTERED A 'WIND DRAFT' AND THE ACFT WAS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. THE RT ENG MOUNT FAILED AND THE RT ENG WAS DEFLECTED DOWNWARD. PLT WAS UNABLE TO MAINTAIN ALT AND EXECUTED A FORCED LANDING IN AN OPEN FIELD. POST CRASH EXAM OF THE WELDED CLUSTER ENG MOUNT REVEALED EVIDENCE OF AN OVERLOAD TYPE FAILURE.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING





Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LIGHTNING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND

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