Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Air Tractor AT-301, registered to and operated by Ag Air Service Inc, N3164K: Accident occurred August 29, 2018 in Partridge, Reno County, Kansas

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Partridge, KS
Accident Number: CEN18LA356
Date & Time: 08/29/2018, 1323 CDT
Registration: N3164K
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT 301
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On August 29, 2018, about 1323 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-301 airplane, N3164K, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near Partridge, Kansas. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Ag Air Service Inc. as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the Hutchison Regional Airport (HUT) about 1220.

The pilot reported that he had been flying for about 1 hour and was returning to the airport when the engine lost power. The airplane was about 1,000 ft above ground level (agl). He noted that the engine regained power momentarily twice – for 2 or 3 seconds each time – when he used the manual fuel "wobble" pump. However, the airplane continued to lose altitude and he abandoned further restart attempts to focus on a forced landing. He had planned to land on a road, but was unable to get lined up with the remaining altitude. The airplane stalled about 20 ft agl, contacted the road, and bounced, before coming to rest in an adjacent agricultural field. The airplane sustained damage to the left wing. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Air Tractor
Registration: N3164K
Model/Series: AT 301 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Ag Air Service Inc.
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: HUT, 1543 ft msl
Observation Time: 1352 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Hutchinson, KS (HUT)
Destination: Hutchinson, KS (HUT)

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:  37.965833, -98.071389 (est)

RENO COUNTY, Kansas - A pilot from Arkansas escapes injury after his small plane crash-landed in Reno County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says the pilot, 24-year-old Peter Schellenberger, of Carlisle, Arkansas, was performing crop dusting in the area when his fixed wing aircraft lost power and crash landed in the ditch on the east side of Centennial Road, about 12 miles west of Hutchinson.

Schellenberger was the only person involved in the crash, the Kansas Highway Patrol says.

Original article can be found here ➤

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