Monday, April 30, 2018

Grumman G-164 Ag-Cat, N6637, registered to and operated by Aero Ag Services Inc: Accident occurred April 27, 2018 in Garwood, Colorado County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Aero-Ag Services Inc:

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Garwood, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA152
Date & Time: 04/27/2018, 1730 CDT
Registration: N6637
Aircraft: GRUMMAN G 164A
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On April 27, 2018, at 1730 central daylight time, a Grumman G-164A airplane, nosed over during an off airport forced landing in Garwood, Texas. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by Aero Ag Services Inc., as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The flight was not operated on flight plan. The flight was originating from a private airstrip in Garwood, Texas, when the accident occurred.

The pilot reported that he was taking off with a full load of fertilizer when the accident occurred. He stated the ground run and lift off were normal. After lifting off, he began a turn and reduced the power to 32 inches of manifold pressure. He stated that it seemed as if the power rolled back at this point. There was no sputtering or backfiring, but he didn't have enough power to maintain flight. He located a river levy in which to land and the airplane touched down hard. The landing gear collapsed, and the airplane bounced. The airplane touched down again and subsequently nosed over. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: GRUMMAN
Registration: N6637
Model/Series: G 164A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Garwood, TX
Destination: Garwood, TX 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
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