Friday, June 16, 2017

Air Tractor AT-802A, N915AJ, C&C Flying Service Inc: Accident occurred June 15, 2017 in Pocahontas, Randolph County, Arkansas

Additional Participating Entity:
 Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

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

 C&C Flying Service Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N915AJ

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA342
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Thursday, June 15, 2017 in Pocahontas, AR
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT 802, registration: N915AJ
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 aerial application pilot reported that, during the initial climb as soon as the airplane "broke ground," he turned left and subsequently encountered turbulence that caused the left wing to "dip." He added that, he applied full right aileron and rudder, but the airplane continued to sink and turn left. Subsequently, the left wing impacted terrain, the airplane cartwheeled, and a post-crash fire ensued.

The fuselage, empennage, and both wings sustained substantial damage during the impact and post-crash fire. 

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

An automated weather observation station, 12 nautical miles south, about the time of the accident, reported the wind as calm, clear skies, temperature 84°F (29°C), and dewpoint 64°F (18°C).

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