Accident Grumman G-164 Ag-Cat Turbine N6678Q,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 314075
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Date:Monday 29 May 2023
Time:10:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic G164 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Grumman G-164 Ag-Cat Turbine
Owner/operator:HDS Inc
Registration: N6678Q
MSN: 199B
Year of manufacture:1977
Engine model:Garrett TPE331-10-511
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Light, AR -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Light, AR
Destination airport:Light, AR
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that on departure, the airplane settled to the ground and struck a levee. The airplane came to rest upside down in a field about 100 feet from the point of impact. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings, fuselage, horizontal stabilizer, and vertical stabilizer. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. The accident occurred shortly after takeoff from a private turf/dirt strip used only for agricultural operations. The pilot reported that the airplane was about 320 pounds below its maximum gross weight of 6,070 lbs., that the density altitude at the time of the accident was about 2,000 feet msl, and that he turned “a little premature' after taking off with a full load of fertilizer.

Probable Cause: The pilot exceeding the climb capability of the airplane during takeoff which led to it settling into the ground.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN23LA212
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 month
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

31-May-2023 15:38 AgOps Added
31-May-2023 15:48 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type]
09-Jun-2023 10:58 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Category, Accident report]
28-Jul-2023 17:07 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Phase, Source, Narrative, Category]
28-Jul-2023 17:14 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
28-Jul-2023 17:17 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
28-Jul-2023 17:23 harro Updated [Operator]

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