Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Air Tractor AT-602, N8506E: Accident occurred July 03, 2020 in Des Arc, Arkansas

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; Little Rock, Arkansas


Location: Des Arc, AR
Accident Number: CEN20LA287
Date & Time: 07/03/2020, 0830 CDT
Registration: N8506E
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT 602
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On July 3, 2020, about 0830 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-602 airplane, N8506E, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Des Arc, Arkansas. The pilot was not injured. The airplane operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight.

According to information provided by the pilot, after completing the aerial application he flew to survey another field. On the second turn over the field, the engine lost power and the pilot noted that the fuel pressure was zero. He leveled the wings and turned on the fuel boost pump restoring fuel pressure and engine power. Due to the proximity of the ground, the pilot performed a forced landing to the field. During the landing, substantial damage was sustained to the left wing.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Air Tractor
Registration: N8506E
Model/Series: AT 602 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Bell's Ag Service Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: SGT, 223 ft msl
Observation Time: 0756 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 22 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 310°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:

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: 34.976111, -91.456944 (est)

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