Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Unknown or Undetermined: Air Tractor AT-502, N15400; accident occurred July 24, 2019 in Stanton, Martin County, Texas

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: STANTON, TX
Accident Number: GAA19CA453
Date & Time: 07/24/2019, 1330 CDT
Registration: N15400
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT 502
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Unknown or undetermined
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

The pilot reported that during an aerial application flight, he had reconnoitered the area of operation, but on the last pass, the airplane struck an unseen wire. He recalled that, "the airplane's right wing was trying to drop," and he tried to keep the airplane level, but the right wing collided with the ground and the airplane cartwheeled before it came to rest inverted.

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

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: 42, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No 
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/24/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/14/2018
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 1580 hours (Total, all aircraft), 650 hours (Total, this make and model), 1400 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 200 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 40 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Air Tractor
Registration: N15400
Model/Series: AT 502 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1992
Amateur Built: No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted
Serial Number: 502-0174
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/05/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 9400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time: 10628.3 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: PT6A-34AG
Registered Owner: Wilmington Trust Co Trustee
Rated Power: 750 hp
Operator: Aurora Cooperative Elevator
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)
Operator Does Business As: Plains Aerial Application Inc.
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBPG, 2573 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1915 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 224°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  7 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.22 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: STANTON, TX
Type of Flight Plan Filed:None 
Destination: STANTON, TX
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1300 CDT
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: 32.201389, -101.688611 (est)

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