Saturday, May 14, 2016

Air Tractor AT502, Gerik AG LLC, N1546Z: Fatal accident occurred May 14, 2016 in West, McLennan County, Texas


FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Fort Worth AFW FSDO-19

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA181 

14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Saturday, May 14, 2016 in West, TX
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT 502, registration: N1546Z
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 May 14, 2016, at 1345 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-502 single-engine agricultural airplane, N1546Z, impacted terrain after striking cellular tower guy-wires near West, Texas. The commercial pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained fatal injuries, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to and operated by Gerik Ag LLC, Aquilla, Texas, as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and a flight plan was not filed. The local flight departed the Hillsboro Municipal Airport (INJ), Hillsboro, Texas, at an unknown time.

According to local authorities and a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, while traveling north towards INJ, the airplane's right wing impacted the top two cellular tower guy-wires. The tower height was reported as 246 feet agl. The airplane impacted terrain approximately 400 yards from the tower and a post-impact fire consumed the airplane.

At 1335, the INJ automated weather observing system (AWOS), located about 15 miles north of the accident site, reported the wind from 360 degrees at 17 knots, gusting to 21 knots, visibility 10 miles, sky clear, temperature 20 C, dew point 13 C, and an altimeter setting of 30.13 inches of mercury.

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GLEN ROSE, Texas (KWTX) Funeral services have been scheduled for a Grammy-nominated musician from Glen Rose who died when his crop duster crashed over the weekend north of the town of West.

The pilot of a crop-dusting plane that crashed over the weekend north of the town of West was a Grammy-nominated musician who had a long career as a singer and songwriter.

John Allen Seay, Jr., 75, of Glen Rose, died after his plane hit a wire on a cellphone tower and crashed at around 1:50 p.m. Saturday at 1155 Hvalenka Rd.

He was ejected from the plane.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Wiley Funeral Home at 504 Holden St. in Glen Rose.

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Cross and Grave Ranch Family Cenetery.

Seay had a decades-long career as a singer/songwriter and occasional actor.

For much of his career, Seay performed under the name Johnny Sea.

According to Seay’s website, he was 17 when he recorded his first record in 1959.

At the age of 18, he joined the Louisiana Hayride, a radio and later television country music show broadcast from Shreveport, La.

Elvis Presley performed on the show and even made his first television appearance there.

Seay had several hits in the 1960’s, recording for six major labels.

In 1966, he released the song "Day For Decision" on Warner Brothers Records.

The song was nominated for a Grammy Award, but lost to a collection of recordings by Edward R. Murrow.

In the late 1960’s, the singer began performing under his given name Johnny Seay again.

He had two more country hits for Columbia Records and was profiled in Life Magazine.

Seay spent his later years away from the spotlight, living as a cowboy on a ranch In Texas.

His family says he had more than 30 years of crop dusting experience and more than 18,000 hours of flying time.

He walked away from a crash in July 1983, his website says.

Seay’s daughter posted a message on the website that says, “Our hearts are completely broken. The greatest man I ever knew, died on the afternoon of Saturday, May 14th doing what he loved. He was in a plane crash while crop-dusting in West, TX. He was 75 years old.”

Seay leaves behind nine children and 14 grandchildren.

A crop-duster pilot from Glen Rose died in the crash of his aircraft at 1:49 p.m. Saturday near 1155 Hlavenka Road in West, a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman said.

Senior Trooper D.L. Wilson identified the victim as John Allen Seay, 75. The airplane struck a guide wire on a power pole and went down, Wilson said.

He did not say whether the pilot died at the scene or if he was transported to a hospital. The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates the cause of aircraft accidents, could not be reached for comment Saturday.

Original article can be found here:

WEST, TX (KWTX) Emergency crews were on the scene of a single-engine plane crash in the town of West Saturday afternoon that killed a 75-year-old pilot.

Officials said the victim, John Allen Seay Jr., of Glen Rose, was in a crop duster circling the air, when he struck a wire on a cell phone tower and crashed.

Seay was ejected from his plane and died at the scene.

The crash happened at 1:49 p.m., at 1155 Hvalenka Road.

Original article can be found here:

WEST, Texas (AP) - The pilot of a crop duster has died as his plane crashed in a Central Texas field and caught fire.

McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara tells television station KCEN the pilot was dead at the scene Saturday afternoon near West, about 20 miles north of Waco.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the plane clipped a guy wire for a cell phone tower, crashed and then ignited.

He says the FAA will investigate and that the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified.

The name of the pilot hasn't been immediately released.

Original article can be found here:

WEST -- The pilot of a crop duster was killed as his plane crashed in West Saturday afternoon.

The pilot was identified as 75-year-old John Allen Seay of Glenn Rose, Texas. He died at the scene after he was ejected from the plane, according to McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said that the plane clipped a guide wire for a cell phone tower, causing it to crash and ignite a fire. Lunsford said that the FAA will investigate and that the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified. 

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