Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Air Tractor AT-602, Sturdivant Brothers Flying Service Inc., N2049D: Fatal accident occurred March 19, 2017 in Minter City, Mississippi

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi
Air Tractor, Inc.; Olney, Texas
Transportation Safety Board of Canada-Accredited Representative; Ontario

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report / National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Sturdivant Brothers Flying Service Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N2049D

NTSB Identification: ERA17FA131
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Sunday, March 19, 2017 in Minter City, MS
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT 602, registration: N2049D
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to chang
e, 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 March 19, 2017, about 1600 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-602, N2049D, registered to and operated by Sturdivant Brothers Flying Service, Inc., under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight, collided with trees and terrain near Minter City, Mississippi. The commercial pilot was fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed by impact and a postcrash fire. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that originated about 30 minutes earlier from the company airstrip.

The pilot departed the airstrip with 3/4 fuel capacity in each wing fuel tank and the hopper containing 375 gallons of mixed water and chemicals. After takeoff the pilot proceeded towards the intended spray field, and although there were no eyewitnesses to the accident, an individual familiar with aerial application who lived adjacent to the intended field reported hearing an airplane fly over his house. He noted the airplane sounded fine at that time, but about 10 to 15 seconds later, he heard a pop sound followed by an explosion. He went outside, noted the fire, and a friend called 911. He then drove to the site, and after arrival, he noted damage to trees, and parts of the airplane away from the main wreckage. The fire department arrived about 20 minutes later and extinguished the fire, which at that time was mostly confined to the cockpit area.

The accident site was located about 1,000 feet east of the eastern edge of the intended spray field. There was airplane debris on the ground and damage to trees that bordered the southwestern edge of the field. An energy path was oriented on a magnetic heading of 280 degrees, and the distance between the first tree contact and the resting position of the fuselage was about 282 feet. The first identified components among the trees were components of the left wing.

Inspection of the intended spray field several days after the accident revealed damage to weeds consistent with spray application in areas of the field.

A heat-damaged Satloc G4 GPS was retained for attempted read-out by the NTSB Vehicle Recorders Laboratory.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.

Owen Dale Holland 
July 20, 1948 - March 19, 2017


Owen Dale Holland was born July 20, 1948 in Jonesville, Louisiana to the union of Hilton Shaw and Verba Lee Charrier Holland. He passed away March 19, 2017 while flying in Minter, Mississippi.

He grew up farming with his father and two brothers in Parhams, Louisiana. He loved to play football and was an outstanding quarterback at Block High School during his high school years.

His love of flying began in 1974. He flew in the family operation for several years in Jonesville, Louisiana, 9 years for UTAVA, a French company in Cameroon, Africa where he was chief pilot spraying bananas. In 2011 he came back to the United States to work for Sturdivant Brothers Flying Service in Marks, Mississippi. He had flown a total of 29,943 plus hours.

He was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in 1968 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He was a third generation witness with his grandfather learning the truth in the early 1930's. He served as an elder in the Jonesville, Louisiana Congregation for about 12 years. He loved and mentioned often the beauty of Jehovah's creation from his view from the sky.

Survivors include his loving wife of 10 years, Terry Efosi Holland. 4 daughters: Tonya La Jean Holland Johnson and husband Jeff Johnson of Collinsville, Texas, Geena Nichole Holland and Myriah La Donna Holland of Grenada, Mississippi, Marisa Nabholtz and husband Jake of Conway, Arkansas. 2 sons, William Donovan Holland of Grenada, Mississippi, Jared Holland and wife Brooke of Natchez, Mississippi. 2 grandsons: Evan Shaw Salter and wife Kelsey and Matthew Tanner Salter of West Monroe, Louisiana 1 granddaughter Trisha Megan Johnson of Whitesboro, Texas Mother Verba Lee Holland, 2 brothers Lloyd Holland and wife Sue, Wayne Holland and wife Delores of Jonesville, Louisiana. 1 sister Jan Forman and husband Mike of Jonesville, Louisiana. Nieces: Charla Mophett and Sonja Spann Nephews: Wayne Holland Jr, Jason Holland, Chris Forman, Bryan Forman and Jon Brandon Holland.

Memorial services for Mr. Owen Dale Holland, 68, of Grenada, MS. be 2 PM Saturday at Young's Funeral Home -Ferriday, LA with Bro. Victor Cheeks officiating. Visitation will be from 11 AM until 2 PM Saturday at the funeral home. Under the direction of Young's Funeral Home-Ferriday, LA

Read more here:  http://www.youngsfh.com

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