Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Air Tractor AT-502B, N61315: Accident occurred July 10, 2020 in Dalhart, Texas

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

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

Additional Participating Entity:

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


Location: Dalhart, TX
Accident Number: CEN20LA279
Date & Time: 07/10/2020, 1455 CDT
Registration: N61315
Aircraft:  Air Tractor AT502
Injuries:  1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 137: Agricultural

On July 10, 2020, about 1455 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-502B airplane, N61315, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Dalhart, Texas. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 flight.

The engine reportedly rolled back to minimum power in-flight as the pilot was returning from a local flight. The pilot executed a forced landing to an open field. The airplane sustained damage to the outboard left wing structure. An engine examination is planned.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Air Tractor
Registration: N61315
Model/Series: AT502 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Bailey Flying Service Inc.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: BLYG

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: DHT, 3991 ft msl
Observation Time: 1453 CDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots / , 40°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting:  30.12 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Dalhart, TX (DHT)
Destination: Dalhart, TX (DHT)

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:  36.060833, -102.518611 (est)

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