Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Air Tractor AT-802A, N581LA, registered to Ag Concepts Inc: Fatal accident occurred February 26, 2018 in Greenwood, Leflore County, Mississippi

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi
Air Tractor, Inc.; Olney, Texas 
Hartzell Propeller, Inc.; Piqua, Ohio

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


Location: Greenwood, MS
Accident Number: ERA18FA088
Date & Time: 02/26/2018, 1718 CST
Registration: N581LA
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT-802
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On February 26, 2018, about 1718 central standard time, an Air Tractor, Inc., AT-802A, N581LA, collided with trees and an open field near Greenwood, Mississippi. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was being operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated about 1645, from the operators airstrip located in Morgan City, Mississippi.

A witness, who was located about 1 nautical mile east-southeast of the accident site, reported looking to the west through an opening in trees and seeing the airplane making passes from the east to the west. He then heard what he described as two nearly simultaneous "loud/hard" sounds similar to dynamite, with the second being louder than the first.

Damage to a tree located east of the accident site was noted consistent with the airplane being in a left bank less than 30°. Located on the ground west of the tree were three sections of the right spray boom and the right wingtip. An impact crater with sections of the overhead turn windows, light bar, hopper lid, and windshield frame was located about 515 feet nearly due west of the contacted tree, while a continuous ground scar measuring 176 feet in length oriented on a magnetic heading of 290° was noted between the impact crater and the inverted airplane, which came to rest heading 332° magnetic. The airplane was recovered for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: AIR TRACTOR INC
Registration: N581LA
Model/Series: AT-802 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: GWO, 162 ft msl
Observation Time: 1653 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 20°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.24 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Morgan City, MS
Destination: Morgan City, MS 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  33.506667, -90.270000

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.

Jim Risher

Greenwood - Jimmy (Jim) Earl Risher, Jr, 36, of Greenwood, MS, went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 26, 2018. His homegoing celebration will be at First Baptist Church of Raymond on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. with ceremony to be held at 12 p.m. Graveside burial to follow at Raymond Cemetery. 

With the heaviest of hearts, we share that our son, brother, and friend was taken from us in a plane crash. He was admired and respected by all that knew him. Never without a smile and always quick witted, Jim enjoyed life to the fullest and lived with Christian integrity. We have been blessed and honored to do life with this man.

Jim was an extraordinary and highly experienced pilot, commanding many different types of aircraft and has attained almost every pilot rating that the FAA allows. He has taught numerous people to fly, many that now have flying careers. Jim has amassed thousands of hours as an Agricultural Pilot. He was a high-energy and charismatic aerobatic performer, a master of showmanship. 

Jim had a great love of hunting, fishing and anything outdoors, ever willing to assist, teach and lend a helping hand. He was always eager to put noses to the ground and sniff out the latest track with The Blood Trailing Dogs. 

Jim is survived by daughter, Shelby Risher of Montrose, CO, father, Jimmy (Wanda) Risher of Terry, mother, Cindy Risher Seal of Raymond, sister, Anna (Christopher) Kimmons of Clinton, grandparents, Wally and Gloria Fields of Crystal Springs.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Sidney, Sr and Ollie Rhea Risher of Terry, and cousin, Brian Risher of Flora.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: USA Advanced Aerobatic Team, PO Box 3086, Oshkosh, WI 54903-3096, www.iac.org/TeamUSA ; or The Super Hunt - for disabled youth, In memory of Jim Risher, Foundation MWFP, PO Box 14194, Jackson, MS 39236, www.foundationMWFP.com (Jim Risher).

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — A crop duster has died after a crash between Greenwood and Itta Bena.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports 37-year-old Jimmy E. Risher died about 5:15 p.m. Monday after his 2015 AT-802 plane went down in a field.

Leflore County Coroner Debra Sanders says Risher lived in Sidon and worked for Ag Concepts out of Morgan City, Mississippi, for five years.

Sanders says Risher was spraying a field for farmer Ray Makamson when the plane went down.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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