Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Grumman G-164 Ag Cat, registered to and operated by Air Enterprises Inc as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight, N691Y: Accident occurred July 19, 2017 in Marydel, Kent County, Delaware

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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

http://registry.faa.gov/N691Y

Location: Marydel, DE
Accident Number: ERA17LA249
Date & Time: 07/19/2017, 0921 EDT
Registration: N691Y
Aircraft: GRUMMAN G 164
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Low altitude operation/event
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On July 19, 2017, about 0921 eastern daylight time, a Grumman G164 airplane, N691Y, was substantially damaged when it struck power lines and impacted a field while spraying a field near Marydel, Delaware. The commercial pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Air Enterprises, Inc., as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site and no flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Johnson's Airport (DE09), Magnolia, Delaware, about 0910.

According to the operator, the pilot had completed two spray runs and had returned to DE09 to reload. He then departed for his third spray run when the airplane struck a set of four power lines and impacted terrain after completing the first pass of the field. In an interview, the pilot told a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector that he did not remember anything about the accident.

Postaccident examination revealed the airplane impacted a field adjacent to the field he was spraying and sustained substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage. There was no postimpact fire.

Data downloaded from the onboard AgNav P151 GPS revealed the airplane approached the field on a westerly heading, passed low over the field as the sprayer was turned on then off, before it began a climb near the power lines. The airplane continued to travel west until data stopped at 0921 when the airplane was on the opposite side of the power lines.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land, and instrument airplane. His last FAA second-class medical certificate was issued on March 7, 2017. The pilot reported a total of 913 hours, with 63 hours in the same make/model as the accident airplane.

Weather reported at Dover Air Force Base (DOV), Dover, Delaware, about 10 miles southeast of the accident site, at 0858, was wind from 200° at 5 knots, visibility 10 miles and clear skies. The temperature was 27° C and the dew point was also 27° C. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 52, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Center
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: Yes
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/07/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 913 hours (Total, all aircraft), 63 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: GRUMMAN
Registration: N691Y
Model/Series: G 164 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1964
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted; Utility
Serial Number: 242
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/02/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 9490.1 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt&Whitney
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: R-985
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 450 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: DOV, 29 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0958 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 110°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR): 
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 200°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 27°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Magnolia, DE (DE09)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Marydel, DE (None)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0910 EDT
Type of Airspace:  Unknown

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  39.000000, -75.000000 (est)

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA249
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 19, 2017 in Marydel, DE
Aircraft: GRUMMAN G 164, registration: N691Y
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 July 19, 2017, about 0920 eastern daylight time, a Grumman G164 airplane, N691Y, was substantially damaged when it struck power lines and impacted a soybean field near Marydel, Delaware. The commercial pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Air Enterprises, Inc., as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 137 aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site and no flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Johnson's Airport (DE09), Magnolia, Delaware, about 0910.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the accident occurred on the first pass of the pilot's third leg of the day. The airplane clipped a set of 40-foot-tall power lines at the completion of the first pass. The airplane then descended and impacted a field. Postaccident examination revealed the airplane came to rest upright and both wings were displaced forward and partially separated. There was no postimpact fire.

Weather reported at Dover Air Force Base (DOV), Dover, Delaware, about 10 miles southeast of the accident site, at 0858, was wind from 200° at 5 knots, visibility 10 miles and clear skies. The temperature was 27° C and the dew point was also 27° C.







SANDTOWN — David Turney had just awakened when he heard a “kaboom” outside his rural home Wednesday morning.

He wasn’t immediately concerned, however.

“There’s always noises going on out here,” Mr. Turney said.

Turns out, Mr. Turney heard the sound of a crop duster airplane crashing into a soybean and green bean field about 100 yards from his home at approximately 9:20 a.m.

Pilot Robert E. Waring, 52, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, was critically injured in the crash next to 945 Mahan Corner Road, about 12 miles west of Camden and a couple miles east of the Maryland border.

Mr. Turney, after looking outside, saw the crash scene and at least two people near the crumpled aircraft. He couldn’t see the pilot, but was told he had survived.

Marydel Fire Company members removed Mr. Waring from the plane. He was initially transported to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover. Then he was transferred to the Christiana Medical Center in New Castle County.

“I was close enough to see a couple people already there and they didn’t look like they needed any more help,” Mr. Turney said.

A passing motorist called in the about the crash to 911 after watching it happen.

“He said he saw the plane come in over a cornfield, clip a power line and try to land in the field across the road,” Mr. Turney said.

“He was still very shaken up when he told me about it. I wish I would have gotten his name and number because he really did act quickly to report it.”

Mr. Turney said a Delaware State Police patrol vehicles arrived soon afterward.

“After that, the vehicles started rolling in,” said Mr. Turney.

Two fire companies, paramedics, a police helicopter and vehicles, the Delaware Division of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and Department of Agriculture came to the scene.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration also went to the scene as investigation continued later in the day, state police said.

Early investigation found that Mr. Waring was flying a 1964 Grumman G-164 fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft. He clipped electrical wires while pulling up from a dive to spray a corn field in the Papen Farms area, according to state police. The pilot lost control of the plane before crashing into the field on the west side of Mahan Corner Road, state police said.

DNREC and the Department of Agriculture personnel investigated the pesticides and insecticides carried by the aircraft, authorities said.

The Goldsboro Volunteer Fire Company of nearby Caroline County, Maryland, also responded.

A call to Magnolia-based Air Enterprises LLC — Mr. Waring’s employer — regarding the incident was not immediately returned.

According to spokesman Michael Globetti, “DNREC Emergency Response & Prevention Section was on-scene this morning and into the afternoon monitoring potential fuel leakage from the plane and a load of pesticide and fungicide that was aboard the crop duster – working in conjunction with Delaware Department of Agriculture and public safety partners that included DSP and local fire departments.”

About 40 Delaware Electric Cooperative members lost power, and responding crews replaced the downed span of line within 90 minutes.

“We are also happy the pilot survived,” DEC spokesman Jeremy Tucker said. “It’s a pretty dangerous job.”

After 11 years of seeing vehicles regularly crash in front of his home near a sharp curve, the aircraft crash was a new experience, Mr. Turney said.

“They (crop dusters) fly around here all the time and there’s never been a problem,” he said.

The Delaware Department of Transportation initially closed down Mahan Corner Road is closed between Del. 10 and Still Road, and announced it had reopened just after 11:30 a.m.

http://delawarestatenews.net




SANDTOWN, Del.- Delaware State Police have released the name of a man critically injured after the crop duster plane he was flying crashed into a field in Kent County on Wednesday morning. 

Troopers identified the man as 52-year-old Robert E. Waring, of Carlisle, Pa.

Police said that at around 9:20 a.m., Waring was operating a 1964 Grumman G-164 fixed-wing single engine crop duster over a cornfield in the 900 block of Mahan Corner Road (Papen Farms) near Sandtown. 

Authorities said that after spraying the corn, Waring began to pull the plane up and clipped some electrical wires on the west side of the roadway.  This caused the pilot to lose control of the aircraft and crash into a bean field on the west side of Mahan Corner Road.

Waring was pulled out of the aircraft by members of the Marydel Fire Company and initially transported by EMS to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital before being flown to Christiana Medical Center where he is currently listed in critical condition.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control responded to the scene due to the pesticides and insecticides that were being carried on the aircraft as well as members of the Delaware Department of Agriculture.

State police, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are continuing their investigation into the crash. 

http://www.wboc.com




SANDTOWN, DELAWARE (7/19/2017) A pilot was taken to a hospital after a crop-dusting plane crashed in a bean field this morning north of Sandtown, the Delaware State Police said.

The crash happened about 9:20 a.m. off Mahan Corner Road and near Still Road, in western Kent County.

The pilot. who was removed from the plane after the crash, was the only one aboard the privately owned crop duster.

http://delawarefreenews.org




A 52-year-old Pennsylvania man was critically injured when the plane he was flying crashed in western Kent County Wednesday morning. 

State police have identified the man as Robert E. Waring of Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

A preliminary investigation has found that Waring was operating a 1964 Grumman G-164 fixed wing single engine crop duster over a corn field in the 900 block of Mahan Corner Road (Papen Farms) southwest of Sandtown.

After spraying the corn, Waring began to pull the plane up and clipped some electrical wires on the west side of the roadway, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier, a state police spokesman.

This caused the pilot to lose control of the aircraft and crash into a bean field on the west side of Mahan Corner Road.

Waring was removed from the aircraft by members of the Marydel Fire Company and taken to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital before being flown to Christiana Hospital where he was listed in critical condition, Fournier said. 

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources responded to the scene because of the pesticides and insecticides that were being carried on the aircraft. Members of the Delaware Department of Agriculture were also on scene. 

Delaware State Police, Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are continuing their investigation of the aircraft crash,  Fournier said.  

About a year ago, another small plane crashed in a Delaware field. 

Emergency responders were dispatched to a Laurel cornfield on July 2, 2016, after the pilot of a small, double-wing spray plane landed the aircraft off East Trap Pond Road and Johnson Road.

The pilot in last year's crash, Justin Hoffman, 39, of Middletown, was the only person in the plane and was uninjured, police said.

http://www.delawareonline.com

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