Friday, June 16, 2017

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

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

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA342
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Thursday, June 15, 2017 in Pocahontas, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/07/2017
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 agricultural application pilot reported that, during the initial climb and 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 that the airplane continued to sink and turn left. 

Subsequently, the left wing impacted terrain, the airplane cartwheeled, and a postcrash fire ensued. 

The fuselage, empennage, and both wings sustained substantial damage. 

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 of the accident site, reported, about the time of the accident, calm wind, clear skies, temperature 84°F (29°C), and dew point 64°F (18°C).

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain lateral/bank control during the initial climb in turbulent conditions.

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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