Saturday, March 23, 2019

Air Tractor AT-502, N843WA: Accident occurred November 28, 2018 in Americus, Sumter County, Georgia

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Americus, GA
Accident Number: GAA19CA078
Date & Time: 11/28/2018, 1015 EST
Registration: N843WA
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT 502
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

The pilot reported that, during an agricultural application flight, he surveyed a field before spraying and observed multiple power line wires and poles. While spraying the field, after a turn, about 20 ft above ground, he pulled up and immediately felt "a massive jerk" and saw a "flash" (airplane nose struck a power line wire). The pilot entered a descending turn to an open field adjacent to the spray field. He pushed the power lever forward but did not get a response. During the forced landing, the right wing struck a tree, the airplane rotated 180°, and the left wing and empennage impacted the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and fuselage.

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: 27, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-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: 05/11/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/12/2017
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 2537 hours (Total, all aircraft), 400 hours (Total, this make and model), 2537 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 250 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 100 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Air Tractor
Registration: N843WA
Model/Series: AT 502 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1988
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted
Serial Number: 502-0011
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/29/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 8000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time: 14124.6 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: P&W
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: PT6A-34
Registered Owner: Souther Field Aviation Inc
Rated Power: 750 hp
Operator: Souther Field Aviation Inc
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: KACJ, 468 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1515 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 52°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 340°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 5°C / -9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Americus, GA (ACJ)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Americus, GA (ACJ)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0945 EST
Type of Airspace: Class G

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:  32.039722, -84.294167 (est)

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