Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Air Tractor AT-502B, N502G, registered to G B Aerial Applications Inc and operated by King Ag Aviation Inc: Accident occurred October 24, 2017 in Olton, Lamb County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas
Air Tractor; Olney, Texas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Registered to G B Aerial Applications Inc
Operated by King Ag Aviation Inc

NTSB Identification: CEN18LA019
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 24, 2017 in Olton, TX
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT 502B, registration: N502G
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 October 24, 2017, about 0820 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-502B airplane, N502G, impacted a field about 5 miles west of Olton, Texas. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the airplane was destroyed by a postimpact fire. The airplane was registered to G B Aerial Applications Inc., and operated by King Ag Aviation Inc., under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight had departed Fairview Field Airport (XA05), Sudan, Texas. 

The airplane's owner stated that the airplane was being utilized by another operator, King Ag Aviation, who was the pilot's employer. 

Local law enforcement stated that multiple witnesses observed the accident sequence. The witnesses reported that the airplane was flying north over highway 70 and made a left turn towards west. During the left turn the airplane descended, impacted a field and burst into flames. The pilot exited the airplane and was transported via helicopter to a hospital in Lubbock, Texas. 

The responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector reported that the airplane came to rest facing south and was mostly consumed by a postimpact fire (figure 1). The engine was buried in the mud and only one propeller blade was visible. 

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

LUBBOCK, TX - The Texas Department of Public Safety said a plane crashed in Lamb County Tuesday morning. DPS said the pilot was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital by Aerocare.

"I kept listening to it and thought well the motor sure does sound good. The next thing I knew it stopped and I heard a loud boom and they say it blew up," Lester Kennedy, a neighbor in the area where the single seater plane crashed.

Kennedy said the crop dusters fly around his home often and he knows how dangerous their job can be.

"They fly around these Highline poles. Then you have the weeds right there and then the highway on the other side of the road," Kennedy said.

The Federal Aviation Administration was on scene investigating after the scene.

"All I can say is that the accident is being investigated. This type of thing usually takes several months to complete. We should have a preliminary report that will be posted within about 10 days on the NTSB's Aviation Accident Database," Lynn Lunsford, with the FAA said.

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OLTON, TX (KCBD) - A pilot survived a single-engine plane crash this morning just west of Olton, but officials say he is listed in critical condition. 

According to The Olton Enterprise, at least two people saw the Air Tractor AT-502B crash into a field around 8:30 a.m. near the intersection of US 70 and FM 1842.

The witnesses say the plane was over a field west of FM1842 and was climbing when they saw black smoke. They said the plane came to rest on the east side of FM1842 in a field. The pilot was able to get out of the plane, which was on fire.

The witnesses said the pilot spoke to them and was concerned about his legs.

Investigators sealed off the crash site with yellow caution tape and appeared to be waiting for Federal Aviation Administration investigators to arrive.

The pilot is enroute to University Medical Center in Lubbock.

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