Sunday, July 3, 2016

Grumman G-164B Super Ag Cat, N6781K; incident occurred July 02, 2016 in Laurel, Sussex County, Delaware -Kathryn's Report

http://registry.faa.gov/N6781K

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Philadelphia FSDO-17


Date: 02-JUL-16
Time: 15:00:00Z
Regis#: N6781K
Aircraft Make: GRUMMAN
Aircraft Model: G164
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Activity: Aerial Application
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: LAUREL
State: Delaware

AIRCRAFT DURING AERIAL APPLICATION OPERATION, FLIPPED OVER INTO A FIELD, SUSSEX COUNTY, NEAR LAUREL, DELAWARE.



Emergency responders were called to the scene of a small plane crash in a Laurel cornfield Saturday morning.

State Police Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale said the pilot of the plane landed the aircraft in a field off East Trap Pond Road and Johnson Road around 10:30 a.m. The pilot was the only person in the plane and was uninjured, Hale said.

Justin Hoffman, 39, of Middletown, was flying a Grumman G-164B Super Ag Cat and was spraying watermelon fields in the area of East Trap Pond Road and Johnson Road, Laurel, Hale said.

After making a spray run, the engine to the plane lost power and Hoffman attempted to make an emergency landing in an adjacent corn field, Hale said.

As Hoffman landed the plane in the soft soil, the nose of the aircraft dug into the ground causing the aircraft to roll onto its roof.

The investigation into this incident was turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Robbie Murray, Operations Division manager at Sussex County EMS, said the initial report was the aircraft's engine had failed in flight. He said paramedics arrived to find the pilot walking around the cornfield.

The pilot was not hospitalized, Murray said.

Original article can be found here: http://www.delawareonline.com



LAUREL, Del. -  A small plane made an emergency crash landing in a Laurel corn field after an engine on the Crop Duster plane apparently failed. Investigators say around 10:30 Saturday morning, a 39 year old man identified as Justin Hoffman of Middletown was spraying watermelon fields in the area of East Trap Pond Road and Johnson Road in Laurel.

Delaware State Police say after making a spray run the engine lost power, forcing Hoffman to make an emergency landing in an adjacent field.  However officials say the soft soil in the field gave way to the planes nose, which dug into the ground causing the plane to roll upside down. 

Police say Hoffman was able to walk away from the crash with only minor injuries.  The investigation has been turned over to the FAA.

Original article can be found here:   http://www.wmdt.com




LAUREL, DE – The Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating a crash involving a small airplane late Saturday morning in Laurel.

Delaware State Police initially reported that the incident occurred at approximately 10:34 a.m., as Justin Hoffman, 39, of Middletown, DE, was flying a Grumman G-164B Super Ag Cat and was spraying watermelon fields in the area of East Trap Pond Road and Johnson Road, Laurel.

After making a spray run the engine to the plane lost power and Hoffman attempted to make an emergency landing in an adjacent corn field, according to police.

As Hoffman landed the plane in the soft soil, the nose of the aircraft dug into the ground causing the aircraft to roll onto its roof.

Hoffman, who was the sole occupant of the plane, was able to walk away with only minor injuries. 

Original article can be found here: http://www.fox29.com

LAUREL, Del.- Delaware State Police responded to a crash involving a small airplane Saturday morning in Laurel.

Police say Justin Hoffman, 39, of Middletown, DE, was flying a Grumman G-164B Bi-Wing Crop Duster and was spraying watermelon fields in the area of East Trap Pond Road and Johnson Road.

After making a spray run, police say the engine to the plane lost power and Hoffman attempted to make an emergency landing in a corn field. As Hoffman landed the plane in the soft soil, police say the nose of the aircraft dug into the ground causing the aircraft to roll onto its roof. Hoffman, who was the sole occupant of the plane, was able to walk away with only minor injuries. 

The investigation into this incident was turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration. 

Original article can be found here:   http://www.wboc.com

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