Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Low Altitude Operation / Event: Cessna T188C AgHusky, N3367J; accident occurred July 24, 2019 in Deshler, Thayer County, Nebraska

Additional Participating Entity:

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

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Deshler, NE

Accident Number: GAA19CA454
Date & Time: 07/24/2019, 1400 CDT
Registration: N3367J
Aircraft: Cessna T188
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Low altitude operation/event
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural


The pilot reported that, while conducting an agricultural application flight, he made a minimum bank angle turn to the south. He then maneuvered the airplane to avoid wires, but the vertical stabilizer struck the bottom set of wires, which resulted in the separation of the top section of the vertical stabilizer and rudder. The airplane subsequently impacted the ground, and a postaccident fire ensued.

The airplane was consumed by postaccident fire.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from wires during low-altitude maneuvering.


Altitude - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Monitoring environment - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Wire - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Low altitude operation/event (Defining event)
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 28, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/01/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/18/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 467 hours (Total, all aircraft), 78 hours (Total, this make and model), 410 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 99 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 78 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 11 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N3367J
Model/Series: T188 C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1980
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: T18803635T
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/09/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 4400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6724.1 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: TSIO-520-T1B
Registered Owner: CMK Aerial Inc
Rated Power: 310 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHJH, 1473 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1855 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 101°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 190°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 16°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Hebron, NE (HJH)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1340 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

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: 40.167222, -97.714722 (est)

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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