Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Piper PA-25-235 Pawnee, N7388Z, Bloomfield AG & Aerial Service: Accident occurred July 18, 2017 in Pierce, Nebraska

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA272
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 18, 2017 in Pierce, NE
Aircraft: PIPER PA 25-235, registration: N7388Z
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 18, 2017, about 1356 central daylight time, a Piper PA-25-235, N7388Z, collided with terrain while maneuvering at a low altitude about 7 nautical miles (nm) northwest of Pierce, Nebraska. The pilot was seriously injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was owned by a private individual and operated by the Bloomfield AG and Aerial Service company as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions existed near the accident site at the time of the flight, and a flight plan had not been filed. The flight departed the Bloomfield Municipal Airport (84Y), Bloomfield, Nebraska, about 1330 on a local flight. 

At 1356, the surface weather observation at the Norfolk Regional Airport (OFK), located 18 nm southeast of the accident site, was wind light and variable; visibility 10 miles; cloud condition 3,800 ft broken; temperature 31 degrees C; dew point 21 degrees C; and altimeter setting 30.00 inches of mercury.

PIERCE COUNTY, Neb. (KTIV) -  We know the identity of the man piloting a crop dusting plane that crashed, in northeast Nebraska, last week.

The pilot of the plane is identified as 26-year old Brad Doffin. That's according to the owner of the plane, Steven Barney. Barney says Doffin remains in the hospital following the accident, and is still employed through his company. 

The plane crashed shortly before 2:00pm on Tuesday, July 18th. The crash site is seven miles west, and one-and-a-half miles north, of Pierce.

The Pierce County Sheriff says the cropduster, owned by Bloomfield Ag & Aerial Service, was spraying bean fields in the area when it crashed.

PIERCE, NE (KTIV) - A crop dusting plane has crashed while spraying bean fields near Pierce, Nebraska.

The Pierce County Sheriff says the plane crashed shortly before 2:00pm, Tuesday afternoon. The crash site is seven miles west, and one-and-a-half miles north, of Pierce.

Investigators say the pilot was transported, by medical helicopter, to Sioux City's Mercy Medical Center. Doctors there can't release any information about the pilot's condition.

Federal Aviation Administration records show the plane is a single engine Piper PA-25-235, which was built in 1965. It's registered to Steven and Cindy Barney, of Bloomfield, Nebraska. The Pierce County Sheriff says the plane is owned by Bloomfield Ag & Aerial Service.

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