Friday, August 31, 2018

Grumman G-164A Ag Cat, registered to and operated by Acadian Dusters LLC, N956X: Accident occurred August 29, 2018 in Lawtell, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N956X

Location: Opelousas, LA
Accident Number: CEN18LA357
Date & Time: 08/29/2018, 1130 CDT
Registration: N956X
Aircraft: Grumman G164
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 29, 2018, about 1130 central daylight time, a Grumman G-164A, N956X, was substantially damaged when it impacted a rice field 2.2 miles northwest of Lawtell, Louisiana. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Acadian Dusters LLC, Church Point, Louisiana, under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed for the personal training flight. The local flight originated from Church Point Flyers Airport (6LA5), Church Point, Louisiana.

Preliminary information indicates the pilot took off and flew north to practice agriculture flying. The engine lost power and the pilot made a forced landing in a wet rice field. During the rollout, the airplane bogged down in the mud and nosed over, crushing the vertical stabilizer and rudder.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Grumman
Registration: N956X
Model/Series: G164 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Acadian Dusters LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: 3ZKG

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KOPL, 75 ft msl
Observation Time: 1135 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2800 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 240°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Church Point, LA (6LA5)
Destination: Church Point, LA (6LA5)

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:  30.540833, -92.203611

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