Sunday, December 3, 2017

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

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Joshua Kyle Hollis , 23, passed away on December 03, 2017, at University of Texas Hospital-Lubbock in Lubbock, TX. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo.


Tupelo-Joshua Kyle Hollis, 23, died Sunday, December 3, 2017 at the University Hospital in Lubbock, Texas from injuries sustained in an airplane crash on October 24, 2017. Kyle, an adventurous soul avid outdoorsman, was born in Tupelo on March 8, 1994. He graduated from Tupelo Christian Prepatory School in 2012 where he was on the swimming team. Kyle furthered his education at Hinds Community College in Raymond receiving a Technical Degree in Aviation Mechanics in 2014. His love for airplanes and flying were legendary from his days as a young child. Active in Boy Scouting at Harrisburg Baptist Church growing up, he achieved the Eagle Scout Award. Kyle enjoyed rock climbing and repelling. A professional Ag pilot, he was contracted with King Agricultural Aviation in the Lubbock, Texas area at the time of his untimely death. Kyle was a gentle young man who connected with God’s creation and made a difference in the lives of many in his short earthly pilgrimage.

A service celebrating his life will be held at Noon Thursday, December 8, 2017 at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Roger Smith, pastor of Bissell Baptist Church where he recently attended, officiating. Private burial will be in the Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery in Tippah County. Visitation will be from 5 PM-8 PM today and from 10 AM-service time at Noon Thursday, all at Holland-Tupelo Chapel, which is honored to be serving the Hollis family.

Kyle leaves behind his mom and dad, Joe and Joann Ralph Hollis of Tupelo; his brother, Joseph Chad Hollis and his wife, Hanna Lynn Hollis of Forth Stewart, GA.; his sister, Melissa Whitten and her husband, Troy of Slate Springs, MS.. his nieces, Josie Lynn, Hanna and Dakota; his grandmother, Linda Ralph of Ripley and his great grandmother, Jessie Mae Newby of Ripley. numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, his beloved dog, Andy and a wide circle of friends all over the country. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, J.R. Ralph , his paternal grandparents, Franklin G. and Maggie S. Hollis.

Pallbearers will be his cousins: Kevin, Chris, Brandon and Chase Ralph, Mart Murphree, Jay and Franklin Hollis and his friends, Dustin Tutor, Luke Riley and Andrew Griffin. 

Memorials may be made to the Trail Life Program c/o Harrisburg Baptist Church, 4695 Cliff Gookin Blvd, Tupelo, MS. 38801. Condolences may be e mailed The service may be viewed at at Noon Thursday and for 60 days thereafter.

OLTON, TX (KCBD) - Family confirms that 23-year-old Joshua Kyle Hollis of Tupelo, MS has died after a crop duster he was piloting crashed in Lamb County back in October. 

According to The Olton Enterprise, at least two people saw the single-engine crop duster crash into a field near the intersection of US 70 and FM 1842.

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 in a field on the east side of FM 1842. 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.

Hollis was taken to University Medical Center in Lubbock with critical injuries. He died from his injuries on December 3rd.

Family members posted in the Prayers for Kyle Facebook group, saying, "Thank you for every prayer. Kyle is enjoying a new body in Heaven now. He has been such a joy to us."

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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

Location: Olton, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA019
Date & Time: 10/24/2017, 0820 CDT
Registration: N502G
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

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.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: AIR TRACTOR INC
Registration: N502G
Model/Series: AT 502B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No 
Operator: King Ag Aviation Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPVW, 3374 ft msl
Observation Time: 0815 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 26 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 4°C / -3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots, 330°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.49 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: SUDAN, TX (XA05)
Destination: SUDAN, TX (XA05)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: On-Ground
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  34.188611, -102.235833 (est)

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

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