Monday, August 7, 2017

Cessna A188B, N3047J: Accident occurred August 04, 2017 at Marshall Memorial Municipal Airport (MHL), Saline County, Missouri

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City, Missouri

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA303
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Friday, August 04, 2017 in Marshall, MO
Aircraft: CESSNA A188B, registration: N3047J
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 August 4, 2017, about 0900 central daylight time, a Cessna A188B airplane, N3047J, was substantially damaged when it impacted the terrain after takeoff from runway 18 (5,006 feet by 75 feet, concrete) at the Marshall Memorial Municipal Airport (MHL), Marshall, Missouri. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by private individuals as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local aerial application flight originated from MHL shortly before the accident.

The pilot stated that he loaded the airplane was 120 gallons for the aerial application flight. The pretakeoff run-up was normal. After takeoff, he reduced engine power for climb. When he did so, the engine "surged." He responded by increasing the throttle "a little," but the engine "surged" again and he recalled thinking that the engine was losing power. The airplane "steadily sank" and he subsequently applied full power. He ultimately landed in a bean field and encountered a chain link fence before coming to rest.

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