Friday, August 09, 2019

Air Tractor AT-502B, N6113C: Fatal accident occurred August 08, 2019 in Sumner, Bremer County, Iowa

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Ankeny, Iowa 
Air Tractor Inc.; Olney, Texas 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Sumner, IA
Accident Number: CEN19FA259
Date & Time: 08/08/2019, 0721 CDT
Registration: N6113C
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT502
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Positioning 

On August 8, 2019, at 0721 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-502B, N6113C, impacted power lines, a power line support pole, a tree and terrain near Sumner, Iowa. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a postimpact fire. The airplane was registered to Air Advantage Inc., Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and operated under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a positioning flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and the flight was not operated on flight plan. The flight originated from the Mt. Pleasant Municipal Airport (MPZ), Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, about 0615 and was destined for the Oelwein Municipal Airport (OLZ), Oelwein, Iowa.

A witness reported that the pilot overflew the destination airport at about 200 ft above ground level (agl) and then continued toward the north-northwest. It appeared that the spray boom was leaking which left a trail behind the airplane. The airplane itself appeared to be intact and the engine seemed to be running normally. A second witness reported that the airplane flew over his home between 0715 and 0720. He added that it was very low and was "amazed it cleared the trees." He observed a steady plume that appeared to be coming from the left side of the airplane.

The airplane struck a set of power lines about 40 ft agl. It subsequently struck a second set of power lines, a roof mounted antenna, and a power line support pole before crossing a paved, two-lane roadway and impacting a tree. A postimpact fire ensued.

The airplane came to rest against the tree on west-northwest heading. Fragments of the outboard left wing and left aileron had separated and were located near the power line support pole. The inboard portion of the left wing and flap remained with the fuselage and were largely consumed by the postimpact fire. The right wing remained attached to the fuselage and was resting in the tree. Inboard portions of the right wing exhibited fire damage; however, the outboard portion of the wing was intact. The right aileron and flap remained attached to the wing. The empennage remained with the fuselage and exhibited impact and fire damage. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Air Tractor
Registration: N6113C
Model/Series: AT502 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Air Advantage 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: OLZ, 1076 ft msl
Observation Time: 0715 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 300°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Mt. Pleasant, IA (MPZ)
Destination: Oelwein, IA (OLZ) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: On-Ground
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 42.847778, -92.116944

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David Dean Baker
March 30th, 1963 ~ August 8th, 2019 (age 56)

David D. Baker, 56, of Swedesburg, IA, died Thursday, August 8, 2019, in Sumner, IA, from injuries sustained in a crop duster airplane accident.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Faith Christian Outreach Church with Pastor Gary Van Nyhuis officiating.  The family will greet friends following the service.  In lieu of flowers, the family prefers gifts of love and friendship be directed to David’s wife, Deborah. Olson~Powell Memorial Chapel of Mt. Pleasant is assisting the family with arrangements.  On-line condolences may be directed to 

Born March 30, 1963, in Lake Village, AR, David Dean was the son of Clifford Dean and Virginia Rose (Warren) Baker.  He was a graduate of Briarfield Academy in Lake Providence, LA and attended the University of Arkansas for two years.  On March 30, 1987, David married Deborah Lee Tugg in Eudora, AR.  The couple moved to Mt. Pleasant, IA, in 2009 and later moved to Swedesburg in 2016. 

An aircraft mechanic and pilot, David was an aerial applicator.  He was a member of both the Iowa and National Agricultural Aviation Associations.  He was also a member of Experimental Aircraft Association.  David enjoyed collecting World War II memorabilia and eagles.  His love for aviation led him to accumulate over 25,000 hours of flight time and fly over 35 different aircraft ranging from WW2 warbirds to most of the Ag aircraft ever built and various other aircraft. Recently he had begun to fix up his 1994 GMC Sierra extended cab pick-up to its original condition. 

Along with his loving wife, Deborah, of 32 years, David is survived by a son, Clifford (Michelle) Baker of New London, IA; a daughter, Candice Baker of Swedesburg, IA; two brothers, Dennis (Ricca) Baker of Prince Frederick, MD and Robert (Shelly) Baker of Shreveport, LA; and two sisters, Lynn Loftin of Zachary, LA and Joan (Glenn) Pridemore of Carthage, MO.  He is also survived by two grandchildren, David Randall and Emma Rose Baker, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. David was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Wendy Conrad.

SUMNER — A small plane crashed Thursday morning along Highway 93 at the west entrance to downtown Sumner, killing the pilot.

Sumner Police Officer Trey Myers said Bremer County Dispatch received multiple 911 calls at 7:21 a.m. Thursday about a plane crashing into the 1300 block of West First Street, otherwise known as Highway 93, coming into town from the west.

Multiple agencies responded and found a single-engine crop duster plane “engulfed in flames,” Myers said.

The pilot was identified Thursday afternoon as David Baker, 56, of Swedesburg, an unincorporated community in southeast Iowa. He was the only one in the plane at the time, according to officials.

Sumner Police said the National Transportation Safety Board would take over the investigation Thursday afternoon.

Officials covered the plane’s debris with a blue tarp where it came to rest, against a tree in front of a mixed-use building Myers said was a single residence and storage building. He didn’t know if anyone was inside the building at the time of the crash.

The plane hit nearby power lines on its way down, taking out power to some of the nearby First Street businesses, like Lifeline Emergency Vehicles and Norby’s Farm Fleet, employees confirmed.

“We heard a crash first, and then the power went out,” said Karla Michel, Norby’s manager, whose building was near the crash.

“We saw something black hit the parking lot — I guess it was a tire from the airplane,” she said.

An airplane tire ended up bouncing violently into the front door of First State Bank east of Norby’s, and employees were cleaning up glass from the shattered front door.

Norby’s employees saw the plane crash into the tree.

“It was like a fireball,” said Norby’s assistant manager Lisa Smith.

“I thought the tree was on fire,” Michel added.

Further details on the crash were not available Thursday.

Also assisting were the Sumner Volunteer Fire Department, Sumner Emergency Medical Services, the Bremer County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa State Patrol, Bremer County Emergency Management, the Iowa Department of Transportation, the Bremer Rural Electric Cooperative and the Federal Aviation Administration.

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