Thursday, December 03, 2020

Grumman-Schweizer, N48594: Accident occurred December 01, 2020 in Elton, Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana

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 Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Location: Elton, LA
Accident Number: CEN21LA072
Date & Time: December 1, 2020, 14:30 Local
Registration: N48594
Aircraft: Grumman G164
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

On December 1, 2020, about 1430 central standard time, a Grumman G164 airplane, N48594, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Elton, Louisiana. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal
Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight.

According to the pilot, the airplane contained a full load of fertilizer and departed from the local grass strip. Shortly after takeoff, the engine began operating “rough”, and the airplane was unable to maintain a positive rate of climb. The engine continued to not produce expected power, and the pilot needed to execute a forced landing. The airplane landed in a muddy field about ¼ mile from the grass strip, nosed over, and came to rest inverted.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer and rudder.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Grumman 
Registration: N48594
Model/Series: G164 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural aircraft (137)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KACP,107 ft msl
Observation Time: 14:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 19 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C /-5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Elton, LA
Destination: Elton, LA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 30.438259,-92.671434 (est)

ELTON, Louisiana  (KLFY) — A crop duster crashed near the town of Elton on Tuesday, though the pilot walked away from the crash uninjured, according to the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Deputy Chris Ivey said the pilot refused medical attention at the scene of the crash, which happened near the intersection of La. 26 and Dan Buller Rd in a rural area. The cause of the crash was not immediately made clear.

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