NTSB Identification: CEN13FA130
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, January 11, 2013 in Maxwell, NE
Aircraft: RAYTHEON AIRCRAFT COMPANY 58, registration: N36VE
Injuries: 4 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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On January 11, 2013, about 1555 central standard time, N36VE, a Raytheon Aircraft Company 58, multi-engine airplane, was destroyed after impacting terrain near Maxwell, Nebraska. The pilot and three passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Bottorff Construction, Inc., Atchison, Kansas. Instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) prevailed at the time of the accident and an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan had been filed for the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 business flight. The airplane departed North Platte Regional Airport (LBF), North Platte, Nebraska, about 1548, destined for York Municipal Airport (JYR), York, Nebraska.
At approximately 1550 the pilot reported to a radar controller at Denver Air Route Traffic Control Center that he was climbing out of 4,700 feet mean sea level (msl) to a planned cruise altitude of 9,000 feet msl. At 1552 the pilot requested the tops of the clouds; however, a current report on the cloud tops was not available. At 1553 a “mayday” call was heard and a simultaneous loss of radio and radar contact was reported by the radar controller.
At 1855 the wreckage was found in a remote area about 11 miles north east of LBF by emergency responders who had been searching for the missing airplane.
A review of recorded data from the LBF automated weather observation station, elevation 2,777 feet msl, revealed that at 1534 the wind was from 350 degrees at 14 knots, visibility 4 miles in mist, ceiling overcast at 1,000 feet above ground level (agl), temperature -2 degrees Celsius (C), dew point -4 degrees C, with an altimeter setting of 29.42 inches of mercury. Remarks indicated that the ceiling was variable from 700 to 1,300 feet agl.
At 1553 the data from LBF revealed that the wind was from 340 degrees at 14 gusting to 20 knots, visibility 3 miles in light freezing rain and mist, ceiling broken at 900 feet agl, overcast clouds at 1,200 feet agl, temperature -2 degrees C, dew point -4 degrees C, with an altimeter setting of 29.45 inches of mercury. Remarks indicated that freezing rain began at 1546, and the ceiling was variable from 600 to 1,100 feet agl.
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