Saturday, June 18, 2016

Grumman-Schweizer G-164B, Sky Tractor LLC, N36333: Accident occurred June 17, 2016 in Cummings, North Dakota


FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Fargo FSDO-21

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA326
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Friday, June 17, 2016 in Cummings, ND
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/25/2016
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER AIRCRAFT CORP G 164, registration: N36333
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped turbine powered airplane reported that while landing, he reduced the power and there was an increased descent rate. The pilot added power but reported that the engine rpm did not have time to accelerate. The airplane touched down about 10 feet short of the runway in tall grass, the right main landing gear sheared off during the impact, the nose of the airplane dropped and the propeller impacted the ground. The airplane rotated to the left and came to a stop in a ditch, sustaining substantial damage to both the wings and their lift struts.

The pilot reported there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The pilot reported as a safety recommendation, to allow plenty of runway space in case of a sudden increase in descent rate while landing.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain an adequate rate of descent while landing, which resulted in a hard landing, short of the runway.

Cummings, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Authorities say it's a miracle a pilot was able to walk away from a plane crash.

Investigators say the pilot was attempting to land at Sky Tractor in Cummings around 6 o'clock last night when he crashed just off the south end of the runway.

The plane ended up on the edge of some railroad tracks along I-29.

The plane was coming in to refuel and reload with chemical when the incident occurred. The rear wheels made contact with the ground and the plane nosed forward into the ground causing the plane to turn sideways where it came to rest.

The unidentified pilot was able to walk away from the crash on his own. The pilot was not injured and there was no other damage aside from the airplane.

Original article can be found here:

HILLSBORO, N.D.—A chemical-spraying airplane crashed 5 miles north of Hillsboro as it attempted to land Friday night.

According to a news release from the Traill Sheriff's Office, the plane was landing to refuel and reload with chemicals at 6 p.m. when it came short of the runway. 

The plane's rear wheel made contact with the ground, causing it to nose forward into the ground and turn sideways, where it stopped.

The pilot was not injured and there was no damage other than to the plane.

The plane belonged to Sky Tractor, an agricultural aerial crop-spraying business.

The incident occurred off the south end of the Sky Tractor runway.

The crash remains under investigation.

Original article can be found here:

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