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On August 1, 1993, at 0800 Central Daylight Time (cdt), a Cessna 188, N4864Q, owned and operated by Blue Sky Airspray took off from a private airstrip at Nickerson, Kansas. AT 0830 cdt while aerial spraying, the engine quit and the aircraft impacted the ground in a plowed field 9 1/2 miles northeast of Buhler, Kansas.
The aircraft sustained substantial damage to the left wing, left landing gear, horizontal stabilizer, and tail wheel. The pilot holds a commercial pilot's certificate and had a current airman medical certificate.
DAMAGE TO AIRCRAFT
The aircraft sustained substantial damage to the left wing, left landing gear, horizontal stabilizer and tail wheel.
The pilot, Rodney W. Hicks, was an employee of Blue Sky Airspray, Certificate No. CFJG798C, owned by Wallace D. Cook.
The aircraft, a Cessna 188, was owned by Wallace D. Cook. The last inspection was an annual performed on 12/17/92. The aircraft had operated 136 hours since last inspection for a total time of 4894 hours.
Private airport in an uncontrolled area.
WRECKAGE AND IMPACT INFORMATION
The aircraft received substantial damage. Left wing and landing gear bent. Horizontal stabilizer bent and tail wheel bent. The aircraft impacted the ground in a plowed field with no damage to crops.
The accident was survivable due to low altitude and shoulder harness used by the pilot.
The aircraft was released to the owner Wallace D. Cook on August 2, 1993. Tear down of the engine revealed gear teeth broken off of camshaft drive gear.