Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Fuel Exhaustion: Grumman G-164B Ag Cat, N6611K; accident occurred June 28, 2021 in Hoxie, Lawrence County, Arkansas

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

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
Location: Hoxie, Arkansas
Accident Number: CEN21LA296
Date and Time: June 28, 2021, 19:30 Local
Registration: N6611K
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural


The pilot stated that, after he departed for the last load of the day on an aerial application flight, he realized he was low on fuel but decided to continue with the flight. Before the load was completely dispersed, the airplane ran out of fuel and the engine lost all power. During the forced landing in a flooded rice field, the airplane flipped over, resulting in substantial damage to the forward right lift strut. The pilot stated that there were no mechanical anomalies with the airplane that would have precluded normal operations.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot’s failure to ensure an adequate fuel supply for the intended flight.


Aircraft Fuel - Fluid level
Personnel issues Fuel planning - Pilot
Personnel issues Decision making/judgment - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Maneuvering-low-alt flying Fuel exhaustion (Defining event)
Landing-flare/touchdown Off-field or emergency landing
Landing-flare/touchdown Nose over/nose down

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial 
Age: 48, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 2 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: March 20, 2021
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: February 22, 2020
Flight Time: 6684 hours (Total, all aircraft), 6000 hours (Total, this make and model), 6684 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N6611K
Model/Series: G-164B NO SERIES 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1978 
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted (Special) 
Serial Number: 394B
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel 
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: June 24, 2021 Condition 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 5000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Turbo prop
Airframe Total Time: 17415 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Garrett
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: TPE 331-1
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 660 Horsepower
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural aircraft (137)
Operator Does Business As: 
Operator Designator Code: 32MG

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: 
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point: 26.7°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Walnut Ridge, AR (PVT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Hoxie, AR 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 19:30 Local
Type of Airspace: Class G

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: 36.0503,-90.9751

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