Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Air Tractor Inc AT-402, N4555E: Accident occurred March 29, 2016 in Taylor, Williamson County, Texas

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA San Antonio FSDO-17

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA139
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 29, 2016 in Beyersville, TX
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR AT-402, registration: N4555E
Injuries: 1 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On March 29, 2016, at 1756 central daylight time, an Air Tractor Inc AT-402, N4555E, stuck a wire/power line and impacted terrain during an aerial application of a field near Beyersville, Texas. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The pilot received serious injuries. The airplane was operated by Ranspot Flying Service under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight that was not operating on a flight plan. The local flight originated at time unknown.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TEXAS - A pilot is expected to make a full recovery after crashing his crop duster in a field on FM 619 in Coupland, about 30 miles northeast of Austin.

Officials with Williamson County say the plane had 50 gallons of fungicide along with fuel that wasted in the field.

DPS troopers investigating the crash said at around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, the pilot clipped a utility pole, causing his plane to crash. He was able to escape the wreckage and walk some 100 yards to the street to get help.

Investigators said while a crash with this type of plane isn't unusual, the circumstances in this case stand out.   

"It happens from time to time, especially with the low-flying crop dusters, they go down every once in awhile," said Trooper Alexander Goch. "I hadn't seen one that came apart quite like this and somebody walked away so that's a good deal."

The 41-year-old pilot was taken to Seton Medical Center Williamson County in Round Rock where he was treated for a broken arm and received some stitches. His family told investigators he is expected to be okay.

A team of FAA investigators from San Antonio are expected to arrive at the crash site around 6 a.m. Wednesday to take over the investigation.

An environmental clean-up crew is working through the night to make sure the chemicals and fuel from the plane aren't washed into a nearby creek by the rain.

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A crop duster crashed in a field near Coupland Tuesday evening.

At around 5:55 p.m., the Department of Public Safety were called about the crash, which happened near the intersection of FM 619 and FM 1466, southeast of Taylor.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office says the pilot hit a telephone pole and made a hard landing, damaging the nose of the aircraft.

The pilot was walking around when emergency responders arrived to the crash scene. The chemicals on board were biodegradable and not hazardous.

Medics took the pilot to Seton Medical Center Williamson in Round Rock. His condition was not immediately known.

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