Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Loss of Engine Power (Partial): Grumman G-164C, N7501Z; accident occurred June 14, 2017 in Delaplaine, Greene County, Arkansas

Airplane Wreckage at the Accident Site Side View. 

Airplane Wreckage at the Accident Site Rear View. 

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


Location: Delaplaine, AR
Accident Number: CEN17LA230
Date & Time: 06/14/2017, 1820 CDT
Registration: N7501Z
Aircraft: Grumman G164
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (partial)
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On June 14, 2017, about 1820 central daylight time, a Grumman G164 agricultural airplane, N7501Z, was substantially damaged following a forced landing after a partial loss of engine power near Delaplaine, Arkansas. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to HDS Inc., of Beech Grove, Arkansas, and operated by Kin-Co Ag Aviation Inc., of Beech Grove, Arkansas, as a local agricultural flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a company flight plan was filed. The flight originated at 1800 from the operator's private airstrip located in Delaplaine, Arkansas.

The pilot reported that he was en route to spray a rice field after loading chemicals at the company base. While approaching the field, the engine was not producing full power. The pilot elected to executed a forced landing into a rice field. As the airplane landed in the field, the right main landing gear struck a levee, and the airplane flipped inverted, resulting in substantial damage to the wings and fuselage. There were no witnesses to the accident.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector did not reveal any mechanical anomalies with the airplane or engine and did not show any evidence of fuel. Although the top fuel tank was breached in the accident, fresh green grass around and underneath the wreckage did not show any evidence of fuel contamination, or blight.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 51, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present:No 
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/19/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  5000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1270 hours (Total, this make and model), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Grumman
Registration: N7501Z
Model/Series: G164 C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:1979 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted
Serial Number:42C 
Landing Gear Type:Tailwheel 
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/02/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time: 3109 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Honeywell
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series:TPE331 
Registered Owner: Hds Inc
Rated Power: 650 hp
Operator: KIN-CO AG Aviation Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: NOSG

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: ARG, 279 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1835 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 180°
Lowest Cloud Condition:Clear 
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 100°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: 
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 21°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Delaplaine, AR
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Destination: Delaplaine, AR
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1800 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion:None 
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 36.219444, -90.731389 (est)

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