Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Air Tractor Inc AT-502B, Pioneer Agviation Inc., N6181Q; accident occurred May 08, 2016 in Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas -Kathryn's Report

PIONEER AGVIATION INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N6181Q

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Wichita FSDO-64

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA224
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Sunday, May 08, 2016 in Oberlin, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/14/2016
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT 502, registration: N6181Q
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that during the landing roll, as the airplane slowed down, the tailwheel lifted off the ground. He further reported that the airplane veered to the right despite left rudder and brake application, exited the runway, and ground looped. 

According to the pilot there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and empennage.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll, which resulted in runway excursion, and a ground loop.

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