Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Air Tractor AT-802A, N319BM, Tiger Aviation LLC: Accident occurred May 15, 2017 in Dumas, Moore County, Texas



Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

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

Tiger Aviation LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N319BM

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA285
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Monday, May 15, 2017 in Dumas, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/20/2017
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT 802, registration: N319BM
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that, while maneuvering at a low altitude during an agricultural application flight, a wind gust lifted the right wing and the left wing descended striking the “wheat” crop. Subsequently, the airplane was “sucked” into the wheat, and it then impacted the ground and came to rest inverted.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
The automated weather observation system about 4 nautical miles from the accident site, about the time of the accident, reported that the wind was from 160° at 13 knots.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s failure to maintain lateral control while maneuvering at a low altitude.

The pilot reported that while maneuvering at a low altitude during an aerial application flight, a gust of wind lifted the right wing and the left wing descended striking the "wheat" crop. Subsequently, the airplane was "sucked" into the wheat, the airplane impacted the ground and came to rest inverted.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings.

The pilot reported that there were no pre-accident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.


The automated weather observation system about 4 nautical miles from the accident site, about the time of the accident, reported the wind at 160° at 13 knots.




NTSB Identification: GAA17CA285
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Monday, May 15, 2017 in Dumas, TX
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT 802, registration: N319BM
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that while maneuvering at a low altitude during an aerial application flight, a gust of wind lifted the right wing and the left wing descended striking the "wheat" crop. Subsequently, the airplane was "sucked" into the wheat, the airplane impacted the ground and came to rest inverted.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings.

The pilot reported that there were no pre-accident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The automated weather observation system about 4 nautical miles from the accident site, about the time of the accident, reported the wind at 160° at 13 knots.




AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) -  A pilot was shaken up after the small airplane he was inside crashed in a field near Dumas Monday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. 

The plane, identified as an Air Tractor AT-802A in the report, took substantial damage after it went down near noon. 

It crashed about 4 miles outside the small town. 

The pilot, who was not identified, only reported minor injuries.

The FAA did not list a potential cause for the crash.
Original article can be found here: http://www.newschannel10.com

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