Saturday, July 23, 2016

Air Tractor Inc AT-502B, SIB AG AERO LLC, N502WC and Air Tractor AT-502B, Growers Air Service Inc., N5944B: Fatal accident occurred July 23, 2016 in Zamora, Yolo County, California

SIB AG AERO LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N502WC

GROWERS AIR SERVICE INC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N5044N

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Sacramento FSDO-25


NTSB Identification: WPR16FA148A
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Zamora, CA
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT 502B, registration: N502WC
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Minor.

NTSB Identification: WPR16FA148B
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Zamora, CA
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT 502B, registration: N5044N
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Minor.

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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 23, 2016, about 0745 Pacific daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-502B, N502WC, and an Air Tractor AT-502B, N5044N, collided in-flight near Zamora, California. N502WC was operated by Farm Air under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed. N5044N was operated by Growers Air Service, and was operated as an aerial application flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant, received minor injuries and the airplane sustained substantial damage. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and company flight plans had been filed for both flights.

The pilot of N502WC had finished spraying mosquito repellant, and was traveling eastbound en route to Farm Air's base.

The pilot of N5044N had finished spraying a rice field, and was traveling southbound en route to Growers Air Service.

The pilot of N5044N was interviewed by the National Transportation Safety Board Investigator-in-Charge (IIC). The pilot reported that he could not recall his altitude, and opined it would normally have been at least 500 feet agl. He stated that he observed N502WC on his right side traveling toward him when he maneuvered the airplane and ascended. However, N502WC made contact with the undercarriage of his airplane. N502WC subsequently collided with terrain. The pilot of N5044N stated that he was losing altitude and landed off airport in an open field.

The NTSB IIC, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, and a representative from Air Tractor, Inc., responded to the accident sites. The accident sites were about a half mile from each other.

N502WC came to rest mostly intact in an organic rice field on a magnetic heading of 280 degrees. The vertical stabilizer and rudder separated from the empennage and has yet to be located. The propeller hub with propeller blades had separated and was located near the main wreckage. The top portion of the nose and the canopy for the cockpit had separated from the airplane. One of the main landing gear for N502WC remained attached to the airplane's undercarriage at its relative normal location.

N5044N landed in a plowed open field in an upright position. The airplane remained intact with the exception of the landing gear and spray equipment, which had separated from the airplane. The airplane came to rest on a 100-degree magnetic heading. Flight control continuity was established.


Both airplanes were recovered for further examination.


A 25-year-old Rio Oso man was killed when his crop duster collided with a second crop duster over a Yolo County field Saturday morning.

The Yolo County Coroner’s Office reported that Javone Logan Cowan was killed in the accident.

A second flier, who was unidentified, received relatively minor injures and went to Woodland Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, there are few other details to report of the crash that occurred at 7:45 a.m., according to the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department, which turned over the investigation to the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Efforts to contact those federal offices on Monday were unsuccessful.

According to the Sheriff’s Department the two crop duster airplanes crashed in the area of county roads 99E and 113, just north of Woodland and between Zamora and Knights Landing.

One pilot was pronounced dead on scene at 8:10 a.m. by Zamora volunteer firefighters who were the first to reach the second.

Other emergency workers were also requested initially to assist but later called off as more became known about the crash.

It is believed the planes are owned by Growers Air Service.

Whether the planes were carrying chemicals used to treat field crops is unknown. Initial reports from the scene indicated there was no spillage on the ground surrounding the crash. A boat was also requested to assist in getting to and from the scene, which was reported to be in a marshy area.

Source:   http://www.dailydemocrat.com

YOLO COUNTY, Calif. (KCRA) —Two crop duster planes crashed Saturday morning in rural Yolo County, killing one of the pilots.

The crop dusters crashed around 7:45 a.m. at County Road 99E and County Road 13 between Zamora and Knights Landing, the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office said. The crash happened on private property.

The other pilot survived the incident without any significant injuries, the sheriff's department said.

The crash was reported as a "mid-air collision," the sheriff's office said. However, no other details were available.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.


Source:  http://www.kcra.com

Federal officials will be investigating the reason behind the deadly mid-air collision between two small, single-engine crop dusters early Saturday morning between Zamora and Knights Landing.

Firefighters with the Zamora Volunteer Fire Department were first to arrive on the scene and declared one pilot dead at the crash site at 8:10 a.m.

A second pilot seemed unharmed and was taken to Woodland Memorial Hospital as a precaution.

Other emergency workers were also requested initially to assist, such as Woodland firefighters. However, some of those personnel were later called off as more became known about the crash.

It is believed the planes are owned by Growers Air Service.

Whether the planes were carrying chemicals used to treat field crops is unknown. Initial reports from the scene indicated there was no spillage on the ground surrounding the crash. A boat was also requested to assist in getting to and from the scene, which was reported to be in a marshy area.

The investigation has been turned over to Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Source:  http://www.dailydemocrat.com

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