Sunday, July 21, 2019

Cessna T188C, N2863J: Accident occurred July 14, 2019 in Knox, Starke County, Indiana

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Plaines, Illinois

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Knox, IN
Accident Number: CEN19LA225
Date & Time: 07/14/2019, 1924 CDT
Registration: N2863J
Aircraft: Cessna T188
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

On July 14, 2019, about 1924 central daylight time, a Cessna T188C airplane, N2863J, impacted terrain near Knox, Indiana. The pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by AAA Spraying Solutions, LLC doing business as Bluebird Ag, as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 aerial application training flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the operator's airstrip in Knox, Indiana, about 1900.

The pilot was practicing aerial application work by apply load of water along the operator's airstrip at the time of the accident. No chemicals were on-board the airplane. Witnesses reported that the airplane entered a left 270° spiraling turn before impacting the corn field on a northwest heading. The accident site was located about 0.31 mile east-southeast of the operator's airstrip.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N2863J
Model/Series: T188 C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: AAA Spraying Solutions LLC
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: OXI, 685 ft msl
Observation Time: 1930 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Knox, IN (PVT)
Destination: Knox, IN (PVT)

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: 41.294167, -86.622500 (est)

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