FAA Flight Standards District Offices: FAA Minneapolis FSDO-15
NTSB Identification: CEN16LA326
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Friday, August 19, 2016 in Ruthton, MN
Aircraft: THRUSH AIRCRAFT INC S2R T660, registration: N40499
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 19, 2016, about 0810 central daylight time, a Thrush model S2R-T660 agricultural airplane, N40499, was destroyed when it impacted a tower guy wire and the ground during spraying operations near Ruthton, Minnesota. The pilot was fatally injured. The aircraft was registered to and operated by Arnt Aerial Spraying, Inc. under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The flight originated from an unconfirmed location at an unconfirmed time.
Pipestone, Minn. - Friday morning officials responded to a report that a plane had crashed near Ruthon, Minnesota, or around 20 miles northeast of Pipestone, Minnesota. Upon arriving on scene they found the plane as well as the deceased body of the pilot, 68 year old James Arnt.
The call of the plane crash came in at 8:11am and responders from Pipestone County Sheriffs Office, Ruthton Fire Department, Ruthton First Responders, Pipestone County Ambulance, Tyler Ambulance, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Pipestone County Emergency Management, Sanford Air Care and Minnesota State Patrol all arrived on scene.
The plane crashed near the corner of 231st Street and 130th Avenue roughly 20 miles northeast of Pipestone after the pilots plane hit a wind monitoring tower for nearby wind turbines.
231st Street has been closed off since this morning as investigators from the Pipestone County Sheriff's Office as well as the FAA continue to investigate the scene. In addition, crews from Xcel Energy and NextEra Energy were on scene as well.
Arnt's sister was at the scene Friday afternoon. She wished to remain off camera due to the nature of the incident but spoke to KDLT News about her brother James. She said that she, along with James, come from a family of 10 siblings with James being the third to have passed.
Arnt's sister said that James was a farmer but also was an avid pilot and had been flying planes since the 1970s and was planning on stopping flying later this year due to his age while his son, who recently got his aviation license, takes over. She also said that James was a Vietnam War Veteran would was able to come home on a Hardship Discharge to take care of their father would had cancer at the time.
The investigation will be handed over to the FAA, there's no date on when a full assessment of the crash will be released, says Pipestone County Sheriff Keith Vreeman.
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Chief Deputy Hamann said when first responders arrived on the scene, they found that a single passenger agricultural spray plane struck a guy line structured radio tower. The plane and tower were severely damaged.
The pilot of the plane, James Arnt from Worthington MN, was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash is now under investigation by the FAA and the NTSB. The Chief Deputy says more information will be released as it becomes available to them.
James Arnt of Worthington was the pilot and lone occupant of the crop dusting plane.
RUTHTON -- The Pipestone County Sheriff's office reports a 68-year-old male has died at the scene of a plane crash in rural Pipestone County.
The sheriff's office was notified at 8:11 a.m. today of a single passenger agricultural spray plane that had crashed in Fountain Prairie Township Section 1. Upon arrival, responders found the plane had struck a guy-line structured radio tower. The pilot was deceased at the scene and the airplane and the tower sustained severe damage.
Assisting at the scene were the Ruthton Fire Department, Ruthton First Responders, Pipestone County Ambulance, Tyler Ambulance, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Pipestone County Emergency Management, Sanford Air Care and the Minnesota State Patrol.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are responding to the scene to assist in the investigation.
RUTHTON, Minn. - A plane crash five miles west of Ruthton, Minn. kills the pilot after hitting a guide wire on a wind metering tower.
Chief Deputy Mike Hamann with the Pipestone County Sheriff's Office says that responders were called to the scene at 8:11 a.m. Friday after the crop dusting plane crashed into a bean field.
The pilot, 68-year-old James Arnt of Worthington, Minn. was pronounced dead at the scene.
Pipestone County -- Authorities say the plane clipped a tower used by the local power company to measure wind.
Crews in southwest Minnesota are responding to a reported plane crash near Ruthton.
The Pipestone County Sheriff's Office said a crop-dusting plane crashed Friday morning in the northern area of the county. The plane was found near 231st Street and 130th Avenue, west of Ruthton and south of Lake Benton.
Officials say the pilot, 68-year-old James Arnt of Worthington, MN, clipped guide wire near a tower used by a local power company and crashed into a field. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are helping in the investigation.