Monday, May 8, 2017

Grumman-Schweizer G-164A, N8712H: Accident occurred May 07, 2017 at Madera Municipal Airport (KMAE), California

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fresno

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA100
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Sunday, May 07, 2017 in Madera, CA
Aircraft: GRUMMAN ACFT ENG COR-SCHWEIZER G 164A, registration: N8712H
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 May 7, 2017, about 1135 Pacific daylight time, a Grumman G164A, N8712H, was destroyed by post-impact fire at Madera Municipal Airport (MAE), Madera California. The pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Todds Aerial Spraying, LLC. as an aerial application flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the flight. 

The pilot reported that during takeoff he encountered a quartering tailwind, and the airplane started to veer to the left. The pilot applied the right brake; however, there was no response. The airplane continued to the left, veered off the runaway, collided with the terrain, and subsequently caught on fire.

MADERA, Calif. (FOX26) — The Madera Police Department says a pilot of a crop duster was able to walk away from a plane crash at the Madera Airport.

Police say around 11:30 a.m. Sunday, the pilot tried to take off when a gust of wind pushed the plane off the runway.

They say the pilot tried correct the plane and that's when a wheel from the landing gear snapped off. 

Police say that sent the plane spinning off the runway and into a field.

They say the pilot wasn't hurt and was able to get out of the plane just before it burst into flames.

Police say the crash did spark a small grass fire but the Madera Fire Department was able to quickly put it out.

Police say the plane is a total loss.

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FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) --  A crop dusting pilot narrowly escaped injury Sunday morning after his plane burst into flames after losing power.

Pilot Stephen Streeter says he was about to spray his crop with insecticide when the plane malfunctioned during takeoff at the Madera Municipal Airport. He escaped the plane before it caught fire.

"When it started off the runway, it basically started sliding sideways and I think it took the landing gear from off under it, then of course things went downhill from there," Streeter said.

The plane veered off into a nearby field next to the runway. It forced the pilot with 40 years of experience to make a split-second, life or death decision.

"The engine, the prop hit the ground and the engine was removed from the airplane," Streeter said. "So, I abandoned the aircraft and called 911 to make sure we didn't burn the airport all up."

Fire crews quickly contained the fire and no one was injured. Streeter says it is not the first time he has faced a frightening situation like this.

"I've wrecked a helicopter two or three times," he said. "But I haven't really wrecked an airplane. I've had an engine failure once, but the wreck looks more exciting than what it really was."

Even still, he is relieved to be alive and prepared to get back in the air and fly again.

The FAA is now investigating how the crash happened.

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MADERA, Calif. - A man walked away from a crop-duster crash in Madera that left the aircraft charred.

The crash happened Sunday just before noon at Madera Municipal Airport.

Pilot Stephen Streeter said he was taking off when he felt wind push the plane to the side. Streeter pressed on the brake and the right rudder but said both weren't enough.

"We started leaving the runway, and I didn't know for sure at that time whether I should abandon the take-off or try to power through it," he said. "Either way, it would've been a wreck."

Streeter said the propeller then hit the ground and the engine immediately caught fire. He was a bit shaken up but said he is okay.

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