Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Schweizer G-164B, registered to and operated by Anderson's Flying Service under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an agricultural application flight , N3630D: Accident occurred May 05, 2019 in Sutter, California

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California
Pratt and Whitney; FN

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N3630D

Location: Sutter, CA
Accident Number: WPR19LA137
Date & Time: 05/05/2019, 1006 PDT
Registration: N3630D
Aircraft: Grumman G164
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On May 5, 2019, at 1006 Pacific daylight time, a Schweizer Aircraft Corporation G-164B airplane, N3630D, was substantially damaged during a forced landing in Sutter, California. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Anderson's Flying Service under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an agricultural application flight . Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed for the local flight, which departed a private airstrip in Robbins, California at 1005.

According to the pilot, after completing 17 takeoffs that day, he departed the gravel runway to the south with about 45 gallons of JET-A fuel onboard and about 2,500 lbs of fertilizer. He climbed to a cruise altitude of about 500 ft above ground level and set the power to 36 lbs of torque and the propeller to 2,000 rpm. Fifteen seconds after he established cruise flight, the engine rolled back to idle power and the airplane immediately began to descend. After an unsuccessful attempt to add power by advancing the throttle, he jettisoned the load of fertilizer, and initiated a forced landing to a nearby road. The airplane landed short of the road and impacted a group of prune trees before it came to rest.

A review of photographs furnished by the operator revealed substantial damage to the wings and fuselage.

The wreckage was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Grumman
Registration: N3630D
Model/Series: G164 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Anderson's Flying Service
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMYV, 62 ft msl
Observation Time: 0953 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 170°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.82 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Robbins, CA (PRIV)
Destination: Robbins, CA (PRIV)

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:  39.189444, -121.708611

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