Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Grumman-Schweizer G-164C, N171BW: Accident occurred May 08, 2017 in Beech Grove, Greene County, Arkansas

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

HDS Inc:   http://registry.faa.gov/N171BW

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA177
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Monday, May 08, 2017 in Beech Grove, AR
Aircraft: GRUMMAN G-164C, registration: N171BW
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 8, 2017, about 0945 central daylight time, a Gruman G-164C airplane, was destroyed by ground fire after it veered off a private airstrip during takeoff near Beech Grove, Arkansas. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was owned by HDS, Inc., and operated by the pilot under the provisions of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of flight, which was not on a flight plan. The airplane was departing the private airstrip on a local flight. 

The pilot reported that while on takeoff roll about halfway down the runway, the right main tire "went flat and possibly blew." The airplane suddenly veered right and it went off the side of the runway. It hit a field ditch, bounced, turned sideways, and slid to a stop. The pilot saw fuel running out of the engine compartment and it caught fire. The pilot exited the airplane without injury. The airplane continued to burn and the engine compartment, cockpit, fuselage, empennage, and left wing were largely consumed by fire. 

At 0935, the surface weather observation at the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport (ARG) located 10 miles east of the accident site was: wind 220 degrees at 6 knots; 10 miles visibility; sky clear; temperature 22 degrees C; dew point 13 degrees C; altimeter 30.10 inches of mercury.

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