Thursday, June 28, 2018

Grumman G-164B Ag Cat, registered to and operated by Macy's Flying Service Inc, N151QC: Accident occurred June 27, 2018 in Malin, Klamath County, Oregon

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Malin, OR
Accident Number: GAA18CA383
Date & Time: 06/27/2018, 0747 PDT
Registration: N151QC
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Aerodynamic stall/spin
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

The pilot reported that, during an aerial application flight, he misjudged the approach and did not give enough clearance for power wires. The airplane began to sink and he pulled back on the flight control stick. Subsequently, the airplane aerodynamically stalled into the power wires. The pilot further reported that he did not remember anything else until he awoke in the hospital.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, empennage, and both wings.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 29, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Center
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/30/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/11/2017
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 3625 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2520 hours (Total, this make and model), 3575 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 320 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 150 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 7 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N151QC
Model/Series: G 164 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1978
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted
Serial Number: 474B
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/01/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 5200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time: 4221.5 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Honeywell
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: TPE331-2-201A
Rated Power: 715 hp
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLMT, 4092 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1453 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 321°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Tulelake, CA (O81)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Tulelake, CA (O81)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0747 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

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
Latitude, Longitude:  42.119722, -121.694167 (est)

Malin, Ore. – A local pilot is lucky to be alive following a plane crash Wednesday morning in southern Klamath County.

The crop duster went down at around 8:AM near Pickett and Drazil Road, just north of Malin.

“Arrived on scene, found the aircraft upside down, obviously it had crashed.”  Notes Officer Mike Shepherd of the Malin Police Department.  “Caught the power lines – and stopped rather quickly.”

Luckily, the pilot suffered only minor injuries in the crash.

“The pilot was out, walking around.”  Recalls Shepherd.  “A little disoriented, but that’s to be expected with what happened.”

Police have not released the name of the pilot.

Shepherd adds the ambulance wasn’t able to make it from the road across a field to make it to the crash site.  “So one of the ambulance personnel loaded him into a civilian vehicle, and took him down to the ambulance, and they were going to assess him there.”

Power was knocked out to homes in the immediate area.

Officer Shepherd says there’s no evidence of any chemical contamination from the crash.  “It didn’t appear to be any leakage there.  When I talked to the owner of the company, he was saying that it wasn’t anything that was going to contaminate anything if it had leaked.”

But most importantly, the pilot is alive to fly another day.

“When you arrive at scenes like that, it’s not usually good.”  Notes Shepherd.  “In this case, it turned out good for the pilot, not so good for the aircraft.”

Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration have been called in to help identify the exact cause of the crash.

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