NTSB Identification: FTW83LA213.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22145.
Accident occurred Saturday, April 30, 1983 in WESLACO, TX
Aircraft: GRUMMAN G-164A, registration: N8863H
Injuries: 1 Minor.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
ACCORDING TO THE PLT, AS HE WAS LINING UP FOR HIS 3RD PASS, HE NOTICED A DROP IN MANIFOLD PRESSURE & LOSS OF POWER. THERE WAS NO RESPONSE TO THROTTLE MOVEMENTS. AFTER 2 ATTEMPTED TO START THE ENG, HE DUMPED HIS LOAD IN AN EFFORT TO COMPLETE A TURN TO A CLEAR AREA. A SET OF TV CABLES & A PAVED ROAD WERE ADJACENT TO THE FIELD IN WHICH THE PLT INTENDED TO LAND. AS HE ATTEMPTED TO CLEAR THE CABLES, THE ACFT STALLED INTO THE WIRES. AFTER HITTING THE WIRES, THE ACFT SPUN AROUND APRX 180 DEG, IMPACTED TAIL 1ST ON THE ROAD & BEGAN BURNING ABOUT 10 TO 15 SEC LATER. THE OPERATOR & A MECHANIC SUSPECTED A POSSIBLE SUPERCHARGER FAILURE. HOWEVER, DUE TO THE EXTENSIVE FIRE DAMAGE, THE REASON FOR THE POWER LOSS WAS NOT DETERMINED.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED
TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)
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