Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Weatherly 620B, N90104: Fatal accident occurred September 02, 2019 in Russellville, Franklin County, Alabama

Anthony “A.C.” Cottingham

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Alabama and NW Florida

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.


Date: 02-SEP-19
Time: 14:22:00Z
Regis#: N90104
Aircraft Make: WEATHERLY
Aircraft Model: 620B
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 137

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.

WAAY 31 learned more about the 49-year old man who died Monday morning in a plane crash.

The family of Anthony Cottingham stood down the road from where his plane went down with tears in their eyes, in disbelief that their beloved "AC" won't be coming back home tonight to celebrate the holiday with them.

"It's like a thump in my heart," Elliott Parker, the victim's lifelong friend, said.

Parker said Cottingham got into flying crop duster planes because of him, and was the safest crop duster pilot he knew

"He used to come to my house and talk to me all the time when he wanted to get into it about crop dusting, so he started out learning how, that's what he was doing, that's what he loved," he said.

Parker said being a crop duster pilot is a very dangerous job, and says he has been in seven crop duster accidents before.

He said Cottingham was his 13th friend to die in one.

Parker said even though it hurts that he's gone, it gives him a sense of peace knowing he died doing what he loved.

"He was telling me awhile ago if he died in a plane crash, even if he burned, he was doing what he loved to do," he said.

Police said Cottingham's body had been through a great amount of trauma because of the crash. They said they are asking for thoughts and prayers for the family during this hard time.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating what caused the crash. Police say it could be awhile before they have details on exactly what happened.

Story and video ➤ https://www.waaytv.com

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Alabama  (WAFF) - Franklin County deputies confirm a pilot was killed when his crop duster crashed.

The crop duster went down in a cornfield near County Line Road in Russellville between Franklin and Lawrence counties. It happened around 9 a.m. Monday.

The pilot was identified as Anthony Cottingham.

Our news partners at the Decatur Daily report that he was the director of the Lawrence County Airpark in Courtland. 

Deputies say when they arrived they saw smoke and flames coming from the plane.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Original article can be found here: https://www.wsfa.com


Anonymous said...

These AG accidents are happening at the rate of about once a week!

Anonymous said...

Another big Ag aircraft accident,we know that ag aviation is dangerous but there seems to be a lot of crashes recently with these types ?

Anonymous said...

Their insurance rates must be astronomical.

Anonymous said...

Crop dusters have always had a high accident rate. But it's like everything else on a website like this that brings them to attention more which makes it seem like an uncharacteristic increase in crash rate. I have a high confidence rate that the crash rate of AirAG flights has not increased in proportion to flight hour average over the decades.

It would take some time to compile the data from the NTSB Aviation Accident Database website stats dating back 40 years. But my money would be on no significant increase in crash rates over the past decades.