Friday, August 3, 2018

Cessna 188 AgWagon, registered to a private individual and operated by Classic Arrow Inc, N5523S: Accident occurred August 02, 2018 in Watkins, Minnesota

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Watkins, MN
Accident Number: CEN18LA311
Date & Time: 08/02/2018, 1035 CDT
Registration: N5523S
Aircraft: Cessna 188
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On August 2, 2018, about 1035 central daylight time, a Cessna 188 airplane, N5523S, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a partial loss of engine power near Watkins, Minnesota. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by Classic Arrow Inc. as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 agricultural application flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the Litchfield Municipal Airport (LJF), Litchfield, Minnesota, about 1015.

The pilot reported that the accident occurred during the third flight of the day, and that the airplane was fully fueled before the flight. After takeoff, he flew to the field to be sprayed and proceeded to apply a fungicide. Upon pulling up after completing an application pass, he noted a loss of engine speed (rpm) and oil pressure, combined with an increase in the oil temperature. He subsequently executed a forced landing to the corn field being sprayed. The right wing was substantially damaged during the landing. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N5523S
Model/Series: 188 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held:  Agricultural Aircraft (137)
Operator Does Business As: Classic Arrow Inc.
Operator Designator Code:  6MTG

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: LJF, 1140 ft msl
Observation Time: 1035 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 70°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3300 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point:  Litchfield, MN (LJF)
Destination: Litchfield, MN (LJF)

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:  46.814167, -94.408611 (est)

LUXEMBURG TOWNSHIP, Minn. (KMSP) - A crop dusting plane crashed Thursday morning just north of Watkins, Minnesota after the plane’s engine stalled while preparing to make a pass on a field.

The incident occurred at 10:40 a.m. after a reporting party indicated they could see the tail of the aircraft sticking out of the standing corn. The plane was found near County Road 2 in Luxemburg Township.

Responders discovered the pilot, Jonathan Aslesen, 21, of Buffalo on the scene. He was uninjured and denied medical treatment.

Aslesen said he experienced a mechanical problem with the engine, which stalled while he was preparing to crop dust the field.

He was forced to do an emergency landing in the cornfield.

The aircraft sustained “light damage” according to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office. The plane came to rest on the nose of the aircraft.

The standing corn in the field, owned by Westlund Dairy, sustained some damage, too. The aircraft was owned by Classic Arrow, Inc., a Buffalo company that does crop dusting in central Minnesota.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the incident.

Original article can be found here ➤

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