Friday, April 13, 2018

Grumman-Schweizer G-164C, N171BW, owned by HDS Inc and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred May 08, 2017 in Beech Grove, Greene County, Arkansas

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

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



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http://registry.faa.gov/N171BW


Aviation Accident Factual Report -  National Transportation Safety Board 

Location: Beech Grove, AR
Accident Number: CEN17LA177
Date & Time: 05/08/2017, 1130 CDT
Registration: N171BW
Aircraft: GRUMMAN G-164C
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 137: Agricultural 

On May 8, 2017, about 1130 central daylight time, a Grumman G-164C airplane, was destroyed by ground fire after it veered off a private airstrip during takeoff near Beech Grove, Arkansas. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was owned by HDS, Inc., and operated by the pilot under the provisions of the Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of flight, which was not on a flight plan. The airplane was departing the private airstrip for a local flight when the accident occurred.

The pilot reported that while on takeoff roll about halfway down the runway, the right main tire "went flat and possibly blew." The airplane suddenly veered right, and it went off the side of the runway. It hit a field ditch, bounced, turned sideways, and slid to a stop. The pilot saw fuel running out of the engine compartment and it caught fire. The pilot exited the airplane without injury. The airplane continued to burn, and the engine compartment, cockpit, fuselage, empennage, and left wing were largely consumed by fire.

The photographs taken of the wreckage at the accident site revealed that the airplane, including the main landing gear wheels, brakes, and tires, were largely consumed by fire. The wheels, brakes, and tires were not tested due to fire damage.

At 1000, the surface weather observation at the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport (ARG) located 10 miles east of the accident site was: wind 220° at 6 knots; 10 miles visibility; sky clear; temperature 24° C; dew point 14° C; altimeter 30.10 inches of mercury. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 51, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/19/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  3668 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1258 hours (Total, this make and model), 3560 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 85 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 85 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: GRUMMAN
Registration: N171BW
Model/Series: G-164C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2009
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted
Serial Number: 21C
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats:
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/20/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 8505 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time: 7192 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Honeywell
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series:  TPE-10-511M
Registered Owner: HDS INC
Rated Power: 665 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)
Operator Does Business As: Kinco Ag
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: ARG
Observation Time: 1000 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 90°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 14°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 220°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Precipitation
Departure Point: Beech Grove, AR
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Beech Grove, AR
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1130 CDT
Type of Airspace:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None

Latitude, Longitude: 36.084167, -90.748056

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA177
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Monday, May 08, 2017 in Beech Grove, AR
Aircraft: GRUMMAN G-164C, registration: N171BW
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 May 8, 2017, about 0945 central daylight time, a Gruman G-164C airplane, was destroyed by ground fire after it veered off a private airstrip during takeoff near Beech Grove, Arkansas. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was owned by HDS, Inc., and operated by the pilot under the provisions of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of flight, which was not on a flight plan. The airplane was departing the private airstrip on a local flight. 


The pilot reported that while on takeoff roll about halfway down the runway, the right main tire "went flat and possibly blew." The airplane suddenly veered right and it went off the side of the runway. It hit a field ditch, bounced, turned sideways, and slid to a stop. The pilot saw fuel running out of the engine compartment and it caught fire. The pilot exited the airplane without injury. The airplane continued to burn and the engine compartment, cockpit, fuselage, empennage, and left wing were largely consumed by fire. 


At 0935, the surface weather observation at the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport (ARG) located 10 miles east of the accident site was: wind 220 degrees at 6 knots; 10 miles visibility; sky clear; temperature 22 degrees C; dew point 13 degrees C; altimeter 30.10 inches of mercury.

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