Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Grumman G-164B Ag Cat, registered to and operated by Valley Air Service Ltd, N6696K: Accident occurred July 09, 2018 in Colusa County, California

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California

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


Location: Colusa, CA
Accident Number: WPR18LA189
Date & Time: 07/09/2018, 1100 PDT
Registration: N6696K
Aircraft: Grumman G164B
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On July 9, 2018, about 1100 Pacific daylight time, a Grumman G-164B airplane, N6696K, experienced a total loss of engine power and the pilot executed a forced landing in a rice field near Colusa, California. The commercial pilot was not injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the upper wing and empennage. The airplane was registered to and operated by Valley Air Service Ltd as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from the Colusa County Airport (O08), Colusa, at an unknown time.

A representative from the operator reported that the pilot was finished fertilizing a field when the airplane's engine started to run rough and lose complete power. The pilot attempted to land at a nearby private landing strip, however, the airplane landed short in a rice field and came to rest inverted.

The airplane has been recovered to a secure location for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Grumman
Registration: N6696K
Model/Series: G164B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Valley Air Service Ltd
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: MYV, 64 ft msl
Observation Time: 1053 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 190°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Colusa, CA (O08)
Destination: Colusa, CA (O08)

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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