NTSB Identification: MKC87FA172.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34899.
Accident occurred Thursday, September 17, 1987 in WEINER, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/11/1989
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER G-164B, registration: N36328
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PLT RPRTD HE WAS ON A FLT TO CHASE BIRDS FROM A RICE FIELD. DRG A LOW PASS OVER THE FIELD, THE MAIN WHEELS DSCNDD INTO THE RICE CROP, & AFTER ABOUT 1000', THE ACFT CONTACTED THE TERRAIN & NOSED OVER. THE SINGLE PLACE ACFT WAS EQUIPPEDWITH ONLY ONE SEAT BELT & SHOULDER HARNESS. NEITHER OCCUPANT WAS USING THE RESTRAINT DEVICES. AFTER THE ACDNT, THE PASSENGER WAS FOUND OUTSIDE THE COCKPIT WITH FATAL INJURIES. THE PLT STATED THAT WHEN THE ACFT WAS OVER THE RICE FIELD, A LARGE FLOCK OF BIRDS WAS ENCTRD & THAT HE APPARENTLY LET THE AIRPLANE GET INTO THE RICE. SVRL DEAD BIRDS WERE FOUND AT THE ACDNT SITE.

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

PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..CROP


Contributing Factors

SEAT BELT..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

SHOULDER HARNESS..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LOW PASS..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..BIRD(S)

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