Saturday, September 22, 2018

Air Tractor AT-802A, N968JB: Accident occurred September 21, 2018 in Napoleon, North Dakota

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Napoleon, ND
Accident Number: GAA18CA563
Date & Time: 09/21/2018, 1330 CDT
Registration: N968JB
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT802
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

The pilot reported that, during an agricultural application flight, the right wing struck a power line pole and the airplane impacted terrain.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, fuselage, and empennage.

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: 38, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Center
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
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: 12/07/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/15/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 4600 hours (Total, all aircraft), 600 hours (Total, this make and model), 4600 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 220 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 80 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Air Tractor
Registration: N968JB
Model/Series: AT802 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2016
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted
Serial Number: 802A-0669
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/01/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 8000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time: 600 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: P&W Canada
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: PT6
Registered Owner: Mattern, Rod
Rated Power:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)
Operator Does Business As: Mattern Spray
Operator Designator Code: 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: K7L2, 1779 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 27 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1835 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 228°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.32 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point:
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Napoleon, ND
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Destination: Napoleon, ND
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1330 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  46.518333, -99.765278 (est)

A plane crashed into a field after striking a power line in rural Logan County 10 miles southwest of the city of Napoleon.

A crop sprayer flown by an employee of Mattern Spray Service crashed when the right wing struck the top of a power pole. The plane lost control and crashed into a field on a nearby farmstead. The wreckage was scattered throughout a quarter-mile area.

“If the plane traversed another 20 feet in its path of destruction it would have entered a slough and the pilot could have drowned. Conversely, if the plane did not veer in the direction it did it could have struck a house,” said Logan County Emergency Manager Daniel Schwartz. “The pilot is lucky to be alive.”

The National Transportation Safety Board released the wreckage to the owner and cleared KEM Electric to begin power line repair. The North Dakota Department of Health is investigating the crash as it resulted in the release of jet fuel into the environment.

The pilot was airlifted to Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck. His condition is not available.

Original article can be found here ➤

LOGAN COUNTY, N.D. - A man was airlifted to a hospital in Bismarck after a plane crash in Logan County Friday afternoon.

The age of the man flying the plane is not being released yet, and his condition is unknown at this time.

The Logan County Emergency Manager Daniel Schwartz says a crop duster flown by an employee of Mattern Spray Service crashed when the right wing struck a power line 10 miles southwest of Napoleon.

Schwartz says if the plane wouldn’t have stopped it could have entered a slough. He says the plane veered away from potentially hitting a house.

The North Dakota Department of Health is investigating the crash because it released jet fuel into the environment.

Original article can be found here ➤

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