Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas
Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
Twin County Air-Ag Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N971QC
NTSB Identification: CEN17LA151
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Saturday, April 08, 2017 in China, TX
Aircraft: GRUMMAN ACFT ENG COR-SCHWEIZER G 164A, registration: N971QC
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On April 8, 2017, about 0740 central daylight time, a Grumman G-164A agricultural airplane, N971QC, conducted a forced landing near China, Texas. The commercial rated pilot was not injured and the airplane was destroyed during the accident. The airplane was registered to and operated by Twin County Air-AG, Inc. under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time.
The pilot reported that he was conducting spraying runs, when he received a low/no oil pressure indication, and a smell of smoke in the cabin. He partly opened the cabin door and noticed flames. The smoke and fire increased, so he selected a field for a forced landing, and exited the airplane. After landing the fire consumed the airplane.
NOME — A small plane crashed in a field south of Nome on Saturday, according to Jefferson County Sheriff's officials.
The pilot said that the plane caught fire in the air and he crash landed in a non-populated area.
The pilot was not injured, according to sheriff's officials.
He was walking around when first responders arrived but was taken to a hospital as a precaution.
Story, video and photo gallery: http://kfdm.com
A Jefferson County man escaped serious injury early morning when a small plane he was operating malfunctioned, causing it to crash and catch fire in a Jefferson County field.
The pilot, a 42-year-old Beaumont man, was taken to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital following the 8:30 a.m. crash, but did not have life-threatening injuries, according to information from Department of Public Safety Sgt. Stephanie Davis.
DPS said the pilot, who owns the single-engine crop plane, noticed a drop in oil pressure shortly before the aircraft fell into an open field on McDermand Road near FM 365. After impact, the plane caught fire.
DPS and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the incident.
Original article can be found here: http://www.beaumontenterprise.com