Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Grumman G-164B Ag-Cat, Vincent Flying Service, Inc., N8362K: Accident occurred May 11, 2016 in Lyons Point, Acadia Parish, Louisiana


FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Baton Rouge FSDO-03

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA180
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 11, 2016 in Lyons Point, LA
Aircraft: GRUMMAN ACFT ENG COR-SCHWEIZER G 164B, registration: N8362K
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On May 11, 2016, about 1530 central daylight time, a Grumman G-164B AgCat airplane, N8362K, made a forced landing in a field near Lyons Point, Louisiana. The pilot was not injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by Vincent Flying Service, Inc., Kaplan, Louisiana, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. The local flight departed from a private air strip at an unknown time. 

The pilot stated that he was conducting his second aerial application flight of the day and this particular job involved fifteen total spray passes. On the accident flight he had just completed the seventh spray pass and was above the height of a telephone pole (50-75 ft). The fuel tank contained 55-60 gallons of fuel and the hopper contained about 2,100 lbs of application. Without warning, the engine experienced a total loss of power and the pilot made a forced landing to a rice field. During the landing roll, the left main landing gear collapsed and the airplane continued onto a farm road. After the airplane came to rest, smoke was observed from the engine compartment and fuel was leaking from the fuel tanks. The airplane had not experienced any anomalies prior to the accident.

The airplane has been retained for further examination.

The Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently on scene in the Lyons Point area in response to an emergency landing of a crop duster.

No injuries are being reported. 

Deputies and local fire departments are on scene.

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