Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Air Tractor AT-602, N653LA, registered to and operated by Central Famers Cooperative dba Central Farmers Flying Service: Accident occurred April 21, 2017 in Vidrine, Louisiana

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report -  National Transportation Safety Board:

Central Farmers Cooperative dba:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA165 
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Friday, April 21, 2017 in Vidrine, LA
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT 602, registration: N653LA
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 April 21, 2017, about 1250 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT602 agricultural airplane, N653LA conducted a forced landing near Vidrine, Louisiana. The commercial rated pilot was not injured and the airplane was substantially damaged during the landing. The airplane was registered to and operated by Central Famers Cooperative dba Central Farmers Flying Service under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time. 

The pilot reported to the responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, that he was conducting spray operations. The pilot added that he was on the last run and made a climbing turn, when the engine "flamed out". He turned on the [fuel] boost pumps, but was too low to the ground for an engine start. The pilot then conducted a forced landing in a rice field. During the landing, the airplane impacted several levies. 

The airplane's main landing gear were torn off during the landing and the airplane came to a stop on its belly. Substantial damage was noted to the airplane's left and right wings.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

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