Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Air Tractor AT-502B, operated by Aerial Crop Care Inc under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight, N599LA: Accident occurred April 16, 2019 in Morganza, Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Air Tractor; Olney, Texas
Aerial Crop Care Inc; Port Barre, Louisiana 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Morganza, LA
Accident Number: WPR19LA112
Date & Time: 04/16/2019, 0750 CDT
Registration: N599LA
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT502
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On April 16, 2019, at 0750 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-502B, N599LA, impacted the ground in a nose down attitude while on approach to land at a grass strip near Morganza, Louisiana. The commercial pilot was seriously injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage. Aerial Crop Care Inc. operated the airplane under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137, as an aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local area flight and no flight plan had been filed. The airplane departed from Yankee Field Airport (17LS) Port Barre, Louisiana, about 0730.

According to the operator, the pilot heard a loud noise, followed by the nose of the airplane pitching up. The pilot applied full forward pressure on the flight control stick with no response. He then reduced the power to arrest the climb. A company employee, also a witness to the accident, reported that the airplane pitched up dramatically, hesitated, and then pitched almost straight nose-down before it impacted the ground.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Air Tractor
Registration: N599LA
Model/Series: AT502 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Aerial Crop Care 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: KHZR
Observation Time: 0727 CDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / 12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable / , 60°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None 
Departure Point: Port Barre, LA (17LS)
Destination: Morganza, LA

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: 30.722500, -91.648056 (est)

NEW DETAILS: Pilot has been identified as Carl Comeaux from Carencro, Louisiana who was flying with an aviation service out of St. Landry Parish. He was extricated from the plane before it caught on fire. He was trying to land to load up chemicals so he could work for the day but in his approach, the plane rose suddenly in elevation and then went straight down into the ground. The Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating to figure out if it was a mechanical or pilot error.

POINTE COUPEE PARISH, Louisiana (WAFB) - One person was taken to the hospital Tuesday after a crash involving a crop duster in the Morganza area.

A spokesperson for the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office says they responded to the scene, which was off Highway 10, at around 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 16.

Officials say the pilot was transported by helicopter to a hospital for treatment in stable condition. His identity has not been released.

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