Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Grumman G-164B Ag Cat, N6672Q, registered to an individual and operated by Valley Ag Aerial Services: Accident occurred June 15, 2018 in Arrey, Sierra County, New Mexico

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N6672Q

Location: Arrey, NM
Accident Number: CEN18LA226
Date & Time: 06/15/2018, 1000 MDT
Registration: N6672Q
Aircraft: GRUMMAN ACFT ENG COR-SCHWEIZER G 164B
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On June 15, 2018, about 1000 mountain daylight time, a Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation-Schweizer G 164B airplane, N6672Q, impacted terrain during an aerial application flight near Arrey, New Mexico. The commercial pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane received substantial wing and fuselage damage during the impact. The airplane was registered to an individual and operated by Valley Ag Aerial Services as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the accident area about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from a private airport at an unknown time.

At 0955, the recorded weather at the Las Cruces International Airport, near Las Cruces, New Mexico, was: Wind 160° at 5 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 31° C; dew point 7° C; altimeter 29.98 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: GRUMMAN ACFT ENG COR-SCHWEIZER
Registration: N6672Q
Model/Series: G 164B B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: VALLEY AG SERVICES LTD
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: V3SG 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLRU, 4454 ft msl
Observation Time: 0955 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 38 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 160°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: San Miguel, NM
Destination: San Miguel, NM

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  32.828056, -107.299444 (est)

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