NTSB Identification: ATL88DLT02.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36946.
Accident occurred Monday, August 22, 1988 in DANCYVILLE, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/08/1989
Aircraft: GRUMMAN G-164B, registration: N6783K
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

THE PLT HAD ABOUT COMPLETED EMPTYING HIS HOPPER ON THE AERIAL APPLICATION FLIGHT WHEN THE ENGINE LOST PWR AND STARTED SMOKING NEAR THE END OF A SWATH RUN. HE PULLED UP TO AVOID PWR LINES AND ATTEMPTED TO MAKE A FORCED LDG IN THE OPEN FIELD. SMOKE OBSCURED HIS VISION DURING THE LAST 40-50 FEET OF ALT THAT HE STATED HE COULD NOT SEE THE GROUND. SUBSEQUENT EXAMINATION OF THE ENGINE REVEALED THAT A LARGE SECTION OF THE NOSE CASE HAD BROKEN OUT AND THE ENGINE OIL HAD ESCAPED. THE ENGINE HAD EXPERIENCED A PROPELLER STRIKE PRIOR TO THE PREVIOUS OVERHAUL ACCORDING TO THE ENGINE LOGBOOK.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,CRANKCASE..FRACTURED

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

MAINTENANCE,OVERHAUL,MAJOR..INADEQUATE..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

FUSELAGE,CREW COMPARTMENT..SMOKE


Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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