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N8375K accident description

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Crash location 35.983333°N, 90.350000°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Dyess, AR
35.589803°N, 90.213429°W
28.2 miles away
Tail number N8375K
Accident date 19 Jun 2003
Aircraft type Allied Ag Cat Productions, Inc G-164B
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On June 19, 2003, about 1145 central daylight time, an Allied Ag Cat Productions, Inc. G-164B, N8375K, piloted by a commercial pilot, sustained substantial damage when it nosed over during a forced landing following an in-flight loss of engine power near Dyess, Arkansas. The aerial application flight was operating under 14 CFR Part 137. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. No flight plan was on file. The pilot reported no injuries. The local flight departed from Marked Tree Municipal Airport, near Marked Tree, Arkansas, at 1120, and was maneuvering to view a field when the flight sustained the loss of engine power.

The pilot stated:

Finished field and flew 2 miles northeast to look at next

field. Looked at field - flew up to apprx 500 ft [altitude] to head

back towards Marked Tree. Leveled off at 500 ft - looked back to

left to make sure it was clear to turn, looked back to check gauges,

felt like someone reached over [and] pulled power off airplane.

Looked at temperature guage - guage showed 700 [degrees]. But

felt loss of power. Knew airplane was loosing power and speed. Set

up for emergency landing procedures. Seen turn road - thought I

could land in turn road - prop quit turning - landed on road - run

out of road (headed east) - jumped ditch to miss dug up culbert -

landed in rice field (watered and gumbo mud.) Airplane flipped over

on back.

A Federal Aviation Administration Inspector arranged a tear down inspection of the engine at a certified repair station. Excerpts from the repair station's report stated:

2.3 The technician disassembling the "PY" line from the fuel

control unit noted that the line fitting at the fuel control unit was

not tight, even though it was safetied. It was not necessary to use

a wrench to detach the line from the fuel control unit. The "P3"

fitting installed in the fuel control unit on the side opposite the PY

line could easily be moved by hand. Both fittings were safety wired

when the engine was received. ...

2.6 The compressor bleed off valve, part number 3100829-03,

serial number: A-3843 was removed and two of the part number

MS9923-31 attach screws were observed to be loose (left side, pilot

view). Marginal torque was required to remove the two right side

screws. The valve was lifted from the gas generator case and what

appeared to be a piece of the O-ring packing required for installation

between the bleed off valve and the gas generator case was found

resting in the threaded hole vacated by the left rear attach screw

(photo page 7 of 8). A patch of black colored, flexible material was

found lightly adhering to the area adjacent to the recess in the flange

of the bleed off valve normally accommodating the sealing O-ring

packing (photo page 8 of 8). Portions of the bleed off valve / gas

generator mating surface exhibits black colored deposits in an

outward radiating pattern. The bleed off valve, the patch of black,

flexible material and the approximately 1/8 inch section of O-ring

packing was retained for further evaluation.

2.7 The remainder of the engine was disassembled for inspection

and no other potential cause for the reported loss of power were

discovered. ...

The repair station's engine investigation report is contained in the public docket of this accident report.

NTSB Probable Cause

The loose fittings on the bleed air system which resulted in a loss of engine power, and the unsuitable terrain encountered during the forced landing. Factors to the accident were the watery and the muddy conditions and the inadequate fastening of the bleed air system components by maintenance personnel.

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