Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Air Tractor Inc AT-602, N629LA: Accident occurred July 13, 2018 in Bismarck, Newell Township, Vermilion County, Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Springfield

Crashed under unknown circumstances during agricultural operations.


Date: 13-JUL-18

Time: 23:15:00Z
Regis#: N629LA
Aircraft Make: AIR TRACTOR
Aircraft Model: AT 602
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 137

BISMARCK — A pilot was injured in a small plane crash Friday evening north of the Vermilion Regional Airport.

Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn said the crash occurred around 6:30 p.m., about 2 miles north of the Vermilion Regional Airport and 2 miles east of Bowman Avenue, near Bismarck.

It involved a single-engine plane with a single occupant, the pilot, who was injured and airlifted to a local hospital, according to Hartshorn and Ted Fisher, director of the Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency.

Hartshorn said Federal Aviation Administration officials were at the airport for the Balloons Over Vermilion festival, and the sheriff's department rushed them to the scene.

Sheriff's department and FAA officials were still at the scene of the crash at 10 p.m. Friday investigating. Hartshorn said he did not know if the plane had taken off from the Vermilion Regional Airport or was heading there.

The plane is believed to be a crop duster, Fisher said.

Warm, wet weather this year has had crop dusters busy applying fungicide to fields.

The crash apparently did not affect the Balloons Over Vermilion festival at the airport, as some visitors there were unaware of the situation and planes were taking off as usual.

Original article can be found here ➤

A small plane crashed into a soybean field in Bismarck Thursday evening.

According to the Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency Director Ted Fisher, the pilot was injured in the crash and airlifted to the hospital.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

At the time of the crash, FAA agents were just a few miles away at the Vermilion Regional Airport for the Balloons Over Vermilion festival.

None of the festival events were interrupted by the crash.

The Bismarck Fire Department and Vermilion County Sheriff's Department were also on the scene.

Original article can be found here ➤

BISMARCK, Ill. (WCIA) -- Two days after a plane crash in a Vermilion County field, the name of the owner and where it landed has been released. It happened in a bean field near county roads 2550 North and 2000 East. 

Wade Mead owns the field and leases the land to local farmer Mike Cunningham, who said the plane was crop duster hired by Ceres Solutions. Cunningham said officials told him Saturday the pilot, who was the only person on the plane, broke his leg. No one else was hurt. 

The FAA is investigating the crash and, as of Sunday, the plane was still in the Bismarck field. Cunningham says the damage is minimal but expects it will change when officials remove the plane. He says that should happen in the next couple days. 

Original article can be found here ➤

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