Friday, September 29, 2017

Piper PA-25-235, N7336Z: Accident occurred September 28, 2017 in Westphalia, Anderson County, Kansas

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

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA372
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Thursday, September 28, 2017 in Westphalia, KS
Aircraft: PIPER PA 25-235, registration: N7336Z
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 28, 2017, at 1716 central daylight time, a Piper PA-25-235 airplane, N7336Z, impacted terrain following a loss of engine power while maneuvering at low altitude near Westphalia, Kansas. The commercial pilot, who was the sole occupant, was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual. The aerial application flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the flight. The local flight departed the Garnett Municipal Airport (K68), Garnett, Kansas, about 1645.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration inspector who spoke to the pilot, the airplane departed K68 with full fuel and chemical for the aerial application flight. After spraying a field for about 20 minutes, the engine lost power. The pilot initiated a forced landing to a field. About 5 feet above the field, the airplane stalled and impacted terrain. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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