Monday, August 8, 2016

Air Tractor AT-502B, Burnette Aviation Inc., N634LA: Fatal accident occurred August 08, 2016 in Hickory Ridge, Cross County, Arkansas


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Little Rock FSDO-11

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA312
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Monday, August 08, 2016 in Hickory Ridge, AR
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT-502B, registration: N634LA
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 August 8, 2016, about 1415 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-502B airplane, N634LA, impacted a bean field following a collision with a transmission line near Hickory Ridge, Arkansas. The commercial rated pilot was fatally injured and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by Burnette Aviation Inc. under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight, which operated without a flight plan. The local flight originated from a private airstrip at an unknown time.

According to initial information obtained by investigators, the airplane was spraying a field when it collided with a transmission line during a turn. The transmission line got caught on the airplane's landing gear and the airplane continued the turn before it impacted terrain.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

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AIRCRAFT:   2001 Air Tractor AT-502 SN# 502B-0634  N634LA

ENGINE:       Pratt & Whitney PT6A-34AG  SN# PCE-PH0230          


APPROXIMATE TOTAL HOURS (estimated TT & TSMO from logbooks or other information):

ENGINE: Estimated at 8,257.0 (current hobbs time)     

PROPELLER:        Estimated at 8,257.0 (current hobbs time) 

AIRFRAME:  Estimated at 8,257.0 (current hobbs time)                   


DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT: On 8/8/2016 aircraft struck powerlines during aerial application and crashed.  

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:  Extensive and catastrophic damage to airframe, engine and propeller.  Aircraft disassembled.  Inspection recommended.                        
 LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:    Dawson Aircraft, Inc.   Clinton, AR         

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - One person died in a crop duster plane crash in Cross County Monday afternoon.

According to Cross County Sheriff J.R. Smith, the crash happened around 2:30 p.m. on County Road 132.

Sheriff Smith said Michael Burnette, 61, of Hickory Ridge was killed. 

Smith said the pilot hit a power line before coming down.

The sheriff’s department is waiting for the Federal Aviation Administration to arrive on scene. 

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