Sunday, November 3, 2019

Air Tractor AT-502B, N8525G: Accident occurred October 27, 2016 in Hereford, Deaf Smith County, Texas


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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas

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


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


http://registry.faa.gov/N8525G




Location: Hereford, TX
Accident Number: CEN17LA027
Date & Time: 10/27/2016, 1235 CDT
Registration: N8525G
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT 502B
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On October 27, 2016, about 1235 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-502B, single-engine airplane, N8525G, was substantially damaged after impacting terrain while maneuvering near Hereford, Texas. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Wilbur Ellis Air, LLC; Huron, South Dakota, as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed and a visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan had not been filed.

The pilot reported that that he was in a right turn, flying a circular swath to "trim-up" on the outside edges of a center-pivot irrigated cotton field, when the right wingtip "got too far into the cotton crop" causing him to lose control. The airplane impacted terrain and cartwheeled, but came to rest upright. The propeller and engine were impact separated and there was substantial damage to the fuselage, empennage, both wing spars, and all flight control surfaces. There was a fuel leak at the scene but there was no postimpact fire.

At 1235 the KHRX Automated Surface Observation System at Hereford, Texas, about 5 miles northeast from the accident location, reported wind from 180 degrees at 7 knots, visibility 10 miles, sky clear of clouds, temperature 24 degrees Celsius (C), dew point 10 degrees C, with an altimeter setting of 30.33 inches of mercury. 



Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport
Age: 71, 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 Unknown
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/01/2016
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 37857 hours (Total, all aircraft) 



Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AIR TRACTOR INC
Registration: N8525G
Model/Series: AT 502B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2005
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted
Serial Number: 502B-2575
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 8000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: PWC
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: PT6A-34AG
Registered Owner: WILBUR ELLIS AIR LLC
Rated Power: 750 hp
Operator: KRECH DAKOTA AIRSPRAY INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)
Operator Does Business As: WILBUR ELLIS AIR LLC
Operator Designator Code: VDKG



Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHRX, 3783 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1235 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 36°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 180°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.33 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 10°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: HEREFORD, TX (HRX)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Hereford, TX
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

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: 34.787500, -102.388056 (est)





















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