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Preliminary report released for fatal plane crash

Published: Jun. 6, 2022 at 3:00 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (NTSB PRELIMINARY REPORT) - On May 30, 2022, about 0748 mountain daylight time, an Express 2000RG airplane, N44508, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Cheyenne, Wyoming. The pilot was fatally injured.

The airplane was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. According to preliminary information obtained by investigators, the airplane departed the Cheyenne Regional Airport/Jerry Olson Field (CYS) from runway 27, about 0744, with the intention of flying to Texas.

Shortly after takeoff, the pilot declared an emergency with air traffic control (ATC) tower personnel and informed them that he had “an engine failure” and was about 4 miles south of the airport. He later reported that he would not be able to land at the airport and intended to land in a field. He also stated that he was “on fire” and asked ATC to send fire rescue.

Video cameras from a local business captured a portion of the accident sequence which showed the airplane descending, near vertical, with a right roll. The airplane collided with a storage facility. The initial impact point was a divot in the concrete. The wreckage path continued about 15 ft into a storage locker. A post crash fire ensued which consumed a majority of the airplane.

After on-scene documentation, the airplane was moved to a secure facility for further examination.

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