Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Cessna T188C AgHusky, N3367J: Accident occurred July 24, 2019 in Deshler, Thayer County, Nebraska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska

CMK Aerial Inc

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA454

14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 24, 2019 in Deshler, NE
Aircraft: Cessna T188, registration: N3367J

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in a field and caught fire.

Date: 24-JUL-19

Time: 19:10:00Z
Regis#: N3367J
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: T188
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 137

DESHLER, Nebraska — A plane crashed into a cornfield north of Deshler Wednesday afternoon, leading to a power outage.

The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. The Emergency Management of Thayer County was notified of a plane crash into a corn field. Deshler fire and rescue went to the scene immediately.

"The plane was off the road about a half-quarter mile. It struck a power line dislodging the tail of the plane to crash," said Colt Farringer, Thayer County Emergency Management.

Farringer said the pilot managed to escape the scene uninjured, refused medial attention and was able to walk away. Their main focus now, a waiting game to enter the scene.

"We waited for the fire to burn down because we can't enter due to what they were spraying, what's hazardous to the firefighter's health. So, we cannot make entry point at that time. So the fire is allowed to burn out and that's where we're at," said Farringer.

The chemicals are a combination of fungicide, insecticide and pesticide. All dangerous for pets, humans and even firefighter to enter, as Farringer said they do not have hazmat suits.

"We don't have that capability. We can call in resources but the fire would've been out by the time they got here and wouldn't have been feasible in that sense of time," said Farringer.

He added that the best choice was to stand back and let the plane burn.

"It wasn't affecting anything, it wasn't endangering any houses, or any people's homes, so the call was made by the fire chief at that point and time to stay out," said Farringer.

Farringer said the fire is out but they cannot enter the scene until Federal Aviation Administration investigates it.

"There was a tiny bit of fire burning left. They stuck around for another 45 minutes to put the drone back up again, the fire was out. So they left it at that point and time and has to stay there until the Federal Aviation Administration can come down and investigate the crash. So, we can't really do anything or move it in anyways, anything like that," said Farringer.

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