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Tail numberN4789Q
Accident dateApril 23, 2009
Aircraft typeCessna A188B
LocationPinehurst, GA
Near 32.206389 N, -83.786389 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On April 23, 2009, about 1000 eastern daylight time, a Cessna A188B, N4789Q, operated by A & C Ag Aviation Inc., was substantially damaged while landing at a private airstrip near Pinehurst, Georgia. The certificated commercial pilot was killed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the aerial application flight conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137. The flight originated from the private airstrip about 0800.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector stated that after spraying for mosquitoes, the pilot returned for landing. The airplane approached the north runway, a 2,600-foot-long, 100-foot-wide, turf runway. Witnesses reported that the approach seemed less steady than usual, and the airplane touched down long, toward the left side of the runway. The airplane traveled off the left side of the runway, impacted bushes, and came to rest inverted. The pilot was wearing harnesses and a helmet, but was found deceased at the scene.

Examination of the wreckage by the FAA inspector did not reveal any preimpact mechanical malfunctions. Fuel was present in both fuel tanks and some had leaked out while the airplane was inverted. The wreckage was righted, and 5 gallons of fuel was added to the left wing fuel tank. The engine was then started and ran continuously to 2,500 rpm.

The pilot, age 73, held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land and airplane multiengine land. His most recent second-class medical certificate was issued on January 19, 2009. At that time, the pilot reported a total flight experience of 15,000 hours.

The reported weather at an airport located about 30 miles southwest of the accident site, at 0953, included few clouds at 1,300 feet, visibility 7 miles, and wind from 170 degrees at 6 knots.

(c) 2009-2011 Lee C. Baker. For informational purposes only.