Thursday, June 28, 2018

Air Tractor AT-502B, registered to and operated by Ross Seed Company Incorporated, N502S: Accident occurred June 27, 2018 in Tappen, Kidder County, North Dakota

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Tappen, ND
Accident Number: CEN18LA249
Date & Time: 06/27/2018, 2000 CDT
Registration: N502S
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT502
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On June 28, 2018, about 2000 central daylight time, an Air Tractor 502B, N502S, was destroyed when it impacted vegetation and terrain following a partial loss of engine power during takeoff from a private airstrip near Tappen, North Dakota. The pilot was not injured. The aircraft was registered to and operated by Ross Seed Company, Incorporated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Air Tractor
Registration: N502S
Model/Series: AT502 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: BIS
Observation Time: 1952 CDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 260°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.82 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Tappen, ND (PVT)
Destination: Tappen, ND (PVT)

Wreckage and Impact Information

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

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