Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Air Tractor AT-402, N1500E, accident occurred October 08, 2018 in Crowley, Acadia Parish, Louisiana

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


https://registry.faa.gov/N1500E

Location: Crowley, LA
Accident Number: GAA19CA010
Date & Time: 10/08/2018, 1020 CDT
Registration: N1500E
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT 402
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

The pilot reported that he did not want to take off from the wet grass airstrip he normally used so he decided to takeoff from the asphalt road that parallels the grass on the left side of the airstrip. During the takeoff roll, the left wing collided with tall vegetation and the airplane veered left and exited the road. The airplane subsequently impacted a drainage culvert.

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

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 37, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
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: 11/01/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/29/2017
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 9773 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3 hours (Total, this make and model), 9386 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 157 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 16 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Air Tractor
Registration: N1500E
Model/Series: AT 402 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1991
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted
Serial Number: 402-0820
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/28/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 6000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time: 13655.6 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: PT6A-15AG
Registered Owner: Leleuxs Flying Service Inc.
Rated Power: 680 hp
Operator: Leleuxs Flying Service 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: KIYA, 50 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1515 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 119°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: 
Wind Direction: 100°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 25°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Crowley, LA (PVT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Crowley, LA (3R2)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1020 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Private (PVT)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation:5 ft 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 180
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2600 ft / 25 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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: 30.055000, -92.245833 (est)

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