Date & Time: Mar 17, 1968 at 1112 LT
Type of aircraft:
Black Hills Glass & Mirror Company
Landing (descent or approach)
United States of America
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Captain / Total hours on type:
On final approach to Rapid City Airport, the pilot encountered gusty winds and lost control of the airplane that crashed in a huge explosion in a field. All nine occupants were killed.
Improper compensation for wind conditions on part of the pilot who failed to maintain flying speed. Inadequate preflight preparation snf unfavorable wind component were also reported. Improperly loaded aircraft was considered as a contributing factor. Gusting wind up to 20 knots exceeded rearward CofG limits.