Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Grumman G-164B Ag-Cat, N80083, Macy's Flying Service Inc: Accident occurred June 05, 2017 near Tulelake Municipal Airport (O81) Siskiyou County, California

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Registered Owner: Macy's Flying Service Inc

Operator: Macy's Flying Service Inc

http://registry.faa.gov/N80083

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA321
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Monday, June 05, 2017 in Tulelake, CA
Aircraft: AG-CAT CORPORATION G 164, registration: N80083
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 reported that he was maneuvering to perform an aerial application. He noticed a ground application operator whom was located inside of the cab of the ground application equipment. The pilot decided to perform a "close fly-by" over the ground equipment. The left main landing gear struck the ground equipment cab, and the pilot elected to return to the airport. He landed on the gravel taxiway that paralleled runway 30. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left main landing gear attachment points.

Per the National Transportation Safety Board Pilot Aircraft Accident Report, the pilot reported that the accident could have been prevented, "had the pilot used better judgement and not done a close fly-by the ground application equipment" which was also owned by the operator. 

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
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According to reports, a crop duster aircraft crashed Monday morning around 8:30 a.m. near the Tulelake Municipal Airport.

Tulelake City Hall, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, California State Police Department and Tulelake Police Department have not commented on the incident.

A representative of Macy’s Flying Service confirmed that the incident involved one of their aircraft, a Grumman G-164B Ag Cat, but that the aircraft has been returned to the homebase in Newell pending further Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation and Safety Board investigation.

Macy’s Flying Service confirmed the pilot is safe and relatively unharmed. 

Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation and Safety Board officials are expected to be at the scene of the crash Tuesday for additional investigation of the incident.

Macy’s Flying Service previously experienced a fatal crop duster crash in August 2014 when an aircraft struck a powerline. Crop dusting is considered one of the most dangerous aviation-related jobs available due to low-altitude flying near potential obstacles.

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

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