Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Schweizer G-164B N2437D: Accident occurred August 24, 2020 in Ogallala, Keith County, Nebraska

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska
Covington Aircraft; Okmulgee, Oklahoma

Location: Ogallala, NE
Accident Number: CEN20LA364
Date & Time: 08/24/2020, 1550 MDT
Registration: N2437D
Aircraft: Grumman G164
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

On August 24, 2020, about 1550 mountain daylight time, a Grumman G164B airplane, N2437D, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Ogallala, Nebraska. The commercial pilot was uninjured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight.

According to initial information, the airplane had flown earlier in the day and it was departing on a local flight. The engine lost power after takeoff during the climb. The pilot dumped the load of rye seed he was carrying, checked the magnetos, and made sure the fuel was on. He made an emergency landing in a cornfield about 1.85 miles from the airport. The surrounding terrain was flat. However, upon landing, the bottom wing impacted corn, which inverted the airplane. The pilot was uninjured during the crash and was wearing a 4-point harness and helmet.

The airframe and engine have been retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Grumman
Registration: N2437D
Model/Series: G164 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: M6LG

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KOGA, 3250 ft msl
Observation Time: 1555 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 36°C / 12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / 14 knots, 160°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Ogallala, NE (OGA)
Destination: Ogallala, NE (OGA)

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: 41.117500, -101.804722 (est)

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