Friday, May 17, 2019

Gulfstream-Schweizer G-164D Turbo Ag Cat, N6929K and Grumman-Schweizer G-164C Ag Cat, N6787K: Fatal accident occurred May 15, 2019 in Pleasant Grove, Sutter County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California

Crashed in a field due to midair collision with N6787K Grumman-Schweizer G-164C Ag Cat. 

Rafter V Ranch Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N6929K

Date: 15-MAY-19
Time: 18:55:00Z
Regis#: N6929K
Aircraft Make: GULFSTREAM
Aircraft Model: G 164D
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: AERIAL APPLICATION
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
Operation: 137
City: SUTTER
State: CALIFORNIA

Crashed in a field due to midair collision with N6929K Gulfstream-Schweizer G-164D Turbo Ag Cat.

https://registry.faa.gov/N6787K

Date: 15-MAY-19
Time: 18:55:00Z
Regis#: N6787K
Aircraft Make: GRUMMAN
Aircraft Model: G 164C
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: AERIAL APPLICATION
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
Operation: 137
City: SUTTER
State: CALIFORNIA

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. 


PLEASANT GROVE, California  (KCRA) —  Federal investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were in Sutter County on Thursday trying to determine what caused two crop dusters to collide in midair Wednesday, killing both pilots.

“What we look for are witness remarks as to how the airplanes came together so that we can get directions of flight, altitudes, those type of things,” said Tealeye Cornejo, the lead investigator on the scene from the NTSB.

“We're gathering up perishable evidence so that when we lay it out we'll know what we're looking at to try and piece together what happened,” Cornejo said.

By midday, crane operators were lifting and hauling debris from a white, single-engine Grumman G-146C AG Cat that belonged to Burt Haughey, 58, identified by authorities as one of the casualties.

Haughey’s friend, Don Tolland, said he traveled from Yuba City to the crash site because he had to see the wreckage for himself to know it was real.

“Burt was such a good pilot, so careful and such a good person,” Tolland said. “I worked for his dad back when Burt was 4 or 5 year old. He used to ride in a loader truck with me. I taught him how to drive a tractor for his first time. It's pretty sad for me to see this.”

“I mean, him and his dad were just good for the communities,” Tolland added.

Tolland said his friend flew for Moe’s Crop Dusting.

“They did a lot of work in this area, took care of a lot of people, so it's going to be a hard hit for these guys,” Tolland said.

The pilot of a yellow crop duster has been identified as 62-year-old Brian Van Dyke, a rice farmer.

Crop dusters are a big part of the landscape in Sutter County and on Thursday, the California Rice Commission issued a statement regarding the two pilots who died.

“We are incredibly saddened to learn of this incident which claimed the lives of these well known and respected agricultural pilots,” the Rice Commission said.

“We are a close-knit family community and pilots are a critical part of growing rice in the Sacramento Valley,” the Rice Commission stated.

Investigators said they will need several more days to piece together all the evidence that is on the ground. What they really want are witnesses.

“It would be really helpful to have some eyewitness statements,” Cornejo said.

She said anyone with relevant information can contact investigators via email at eyewitness@ntsb.gov.

Cornejo said she hoped to issue a preliminary report on the NTSB’s early findings in 10 days. She said she expected the yellow crop duster, now stuck in the waters of a rice paddy, to be hauled out by crane operators Friday.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.kcra.com


PLEASANT GROVE — Two crop dusting pilots died Wednesday after colliding midair near Pleasant Grove.

The Sutter County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Burton A. Haughey, 58, of Wheatland, and Brian J. VanDyke, 62, of Rio Oso, died in the collision over the 3700 block of Striplin Road just before noon. The pilots were flying Grumman G-164C Ag Cats — popular crop duster planes, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

“Law enforcement is reporting to us that two single-engine Grumman G-164C Ag Cats collided in midair under unknown circumstances over Striplin, California, around noon,” FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said in a statement. “One pilot was reportedly on board each aircraft.”

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the matter, with the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office handling the coroner’s report.

Sutter County Undersheriff Scott Smallwood said the planes are about 150 yards away from each other. As of 2:45 p.m., one body still needed to be extricated from a plane. Smallwood said the planes were seeding rice fields in the area.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.mercurynews.com











Both pilots were killed Wednesday when two single-engine planes collided in midair over Northern California, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Grumman G-164C Ag Cats, which are used as crop dusters for agriculture in the area, crashed near the community of Pleasant Grove. The pilots were planting rice seeds with their aircraft.

"We gotta have these pilots. They got to keep this farming thing going and that’s what it's all about," Tom Beilby, a friend of both victims, told FOX40.

Authorities initially believed the crash involved a single plane, but once police arrived at the scene, they realized two planes had collided.

The two pilots were identified as 62-year-old Brian Van Dyke and 58-year-old Burton Haughley, according to the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities are unsure what caused the planes to collide.

Both pilots grew up around airplanes and had been flying since their childhoods, Beilby said.

"It's just something that both of them started young in their lives," he said. "Both their dads flew airplanes. They started flying airplanes when they were young guys and it gets under your skin, I think just like any other job or any type of hobby, it’s something that you enjoy."

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.foxnews.com

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