Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Loss of Control on Ground: Air Tractor AT-502B, N205SK; accident occurred July 30, 2018 in Louise, Humphreys County, Mississippi

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi

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


Location: Louise, MS
Accident Number: GAA18CA476
Date & Time: 07/30/2018, 1200 EDT
Registration: N205SK
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT502
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the 4th landing on a rural runway, the airplane touched down hard, bounced, and veered left. The pilot attempted to correct with opposite rudder, however the airplane continued left into a field of about 5 foot tall crops, and ground looped to the left. The right wing impacted the ground and the right landing gear separated.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 36, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/01/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1425 hours (Total, all aircraft), 74 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Air Tractor
Registration: N205SK
Model/Series: AT502 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2001
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted
Serial Number: 502B-0628
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/05/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 8000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time: 7827 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: PT6A-34AG
Registered Owner: Pruden Joe
Rated Power: 750 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)
Operator Does Business As: Delta Pilot, LLC
Operator Designator Code: 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGLH, 128 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 33 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1753 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 327°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 7000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Light and Variable 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Louise, MS (PVT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Louise, MS (PVT)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0920 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: PVT (PVT)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 101 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 36
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2500 ft / 250 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in

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: 33.033056, -90.622778 (est)

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