Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Air Tractor AT-502B, N2063B: Fatal accident occurred June 19, 2018 in Enid, Garfield County, Oklahoma

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

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Enid, OK
Accident Number: CEN18FA232
Date & Time: 06/19/2018, 0715 CDT
Registration: N2063B
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On June 19, 2018, about 0715 central daylight time, an Air Tractor 502B agricultural airplane, N2063B, registered to Deterding Aerial of Pond Creek, Oklahoma, was destroyed when it collided with a communications tower while maneuvering during aerial application operations near Enid, Oklahoma. The commercial pilot sustained fatal injuries. The aerial application flight was being conducted under the provisions of Federal Code of Regulations Part 137. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed. The flight originated at 0645 from the Pond Creek private airfield (2K1).

According to the operator, the airplane was dispatched to apply fertilizer to a nearby field and that the pilot was familiar with the field (he had applied fertilizer to the field the previous day). Preflight operations at 2K1 were normal and company personnel stated that the pilot was in good spirits prior to the flight. Witnesses reported that they observed the airplane spraying the field and appeared to be operating normally. They reported that after 8-10 swath runs over the field, the airplane climbed, turned, and then impacted the tower. A witness who was driving in the vicinity, reported that he saw the airplane flying in the area, and that the weather conditions were clear.

The aircraft main wreckage was found in an open flat wheat field north of the intersection of Highway 45 and Garland Road, about 470 feet north of a 419-foot (AGL) communications tower. The top 50-feet of the damaged tower structure was intertwined within the main wreckage. The tower remained standing, but was later taken down by the tower company for safety concerns. Evidence was consistent with a nose down vertical impact.There was no horizontal ground scarring or significant debris trail leading to the wreckage. The fuselage was found inverted and the area of the fuselage forward of the cockpit was crushed aft. Flight control system continuity was confirmed from the cockpit to the flight control surfaces. The cockpit seat was intact and the pilot restraints were found buckled. The airplane was equipped with an inflatable restraint system (airbags), which had deployed. The engine was found approximately 325 feet northeast of the main wreckage, consistent with it separating from the fuselage prior to ground impact. The engine controls (power, propeller, and condition levers), were found in the full forward positions. The propeller assembly showed evidence consistent with power at the time of impact.

The communications tower was constructed in 1989 and was supported by unmarked steel cables. The tower location was published on the current DFW area VFR sectional chart and was painted and lighted in accordance with FAA Circular Number 70/7460-1K. The tower is lit 24-hours/day and painted with FAA specification paint in alternating bands.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: AIR TRACTOR INC
Registration: N2063B
Model/Series: AT 502B B
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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: END
Observation Time: 0656 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots, 180°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Pond Creek, OK (2K1)
Destination: Pond Creek, OK (2K1) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 36.472500, -97.940278

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Rodney Wayne Sherry 


Rodney Wayne Sherry, 52, of Olton, died Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Enid, Oklahoma.  Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, June 23, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church in Olton with Brother Neely Landrum officiating and under the direction of Ramage Funeral Directors.

Rodney was born February 28, 1966, in Odessa, Texas, to Steve and Alicegene (Cottrell) Sherry.  Growing up in Dalhart, Rodney graduated from Dalhart High School in 1984.  Rodney loved flying and currently was a crop duster pilot in Oklahoma.  He had experience as a corporate pilot, a glider pilot and glider pilot instructor.  Aerobatics was just one of his loves and many talents.  A very determined person, Rodney fought to overcome a bout with throat cancer with his main goal of getting back in the air.  His proudest accomplishment was his relationship with the Lord and his family. Known as "Hot Rod" by his pilot friends and close friends, Rodney touched many lives and will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his father, Steve Sherry, his maternal grandparents, Gene and Juanita Cottrell and his paternal grandparents, Rex and Alice Sherry.

Those left to cherish his memory include his mother, Alicegene Brooks of Olton, his fiancée, Nita Williamson of Pond Creek, Ok, Nita's children, Hanna and Hunter Williamson, numerous cousins, friends, and his dog, Jenny.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Olton Volunteer Ambulance Association P.O. Box 1087 Olton, Texas 79064.

ENID, Okla. — A Texas man was killed early Tuesday morning in the crash of a crop duster north of Enid.

The pilot, and sole occupant of the plane, Rodney Sherry, 52, of Olton, Texas, died at the scene, according to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol press release. The plane was owned by Deterding Aerial Spraying, of Pond Creek, according to OHP.

The crash occurred about 7:10 a.m., and OHP Troop J Headquarters in Enid received reports of a crop dusting plane that crashed near Oklahoma 45 and Garland Road, about 1 mile north of Enid city limits. The plane struck a guy-wire — a high-tension cable providing stability to a freestanding structure — while in flight and crashed into a field.

It was the second fatal crop-dusting plane accident in a month in Oklahoma.

Pond Creek resident Andrew Deterding, 57, owner of Andy Deterding Ag Aviation, died May 30 in a crash near El Reno.

He was flying an S2R-T34 Thrush plane about 2 miles north of El Reno in Canadian County, when the aircraft struck a radio tower guideline, according to an OHP report.

The plane then hit the ground and caught fire, the report states. Deterding was pronounced dead at the scene with head, arm, leg and trunk internal injuries. He was transported by the state Medical Examiner's Office, according to the report.

According to other media reports, Deterding was spraying herbicides on fields at the time of the crash.

A post on Andy Deterding Ag Aviation's Facebook page, written by one of his children, states Deterding's memories and stories will live on through "every heart he touched."

"We lost a great man today. Andy was in a crash involving the guide wires on a radio tower and did not survive. I am at a complete loss of words, but a friend sent us this and it fits perfectly," the post states. "All we can be in this life is the best version of ourselves. We all try, day by day. Andy, lived that way, each day. He would wake up, and make the world a better place by being the best human being he could. He did it through his laugh, his jokes, his smile, his heart. He instantly made me feel at ease, as it was easy to see his gold heart shine through his body. In all he did, he walked around with light beaming out of him. Everybody he came across was a better person after experiencing his light."

Story and video:

One person has died in a crop duster crash in Oklahoma.

Authorities were called to the crash site near Enid Tuesday morning.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports the pilot 52-year-old Rodney Sherry, from Olton, has died. 

OHP reports that the plane hit a guideline wire and crashed to the ground in a field.

The crash is being investigated.

Story and video:

ENID, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a Texas man was killed when the small airplane he was piloting crashed in northwestern Oklahoma.

The agency says in a news release that 52-year-old Rodney Sherry of Olton, Texas, died in the crash just after 7 a.m. Tuesday.

It says Sherry was the only person on board the crop-dusting aircraft when it crashed into a wheat field just northwest of Enid, 75 miles (120 kilometers) northwest of Oklahoma City.

OHP Lt. Kera Philippi says the plane apparently crashed after striking a guideline wire that was attached to an approximately 400-foot-tall (120-meter-tall) communications tower.

Enid Emergency Management Director Mike Honigsberg said the plane was a single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft.

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