Monday, July 13, 2020

Cessna T188C AGhusky, N2690J: Fatal accident occurred July 10, 2020 in Dustin, Hughes County, Oklahoma

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 Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Textron; Wichita, Kansas
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

Location: Dustin, OK
Accident Number: CEN20LA271
Date & Time: 07/10/2020, 1440 CDT
Registration: N2690J
Aircraft: Cessna T188
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On July 10, 2020, about 1440 central daylight time (CDT), a Cessna T188, N2690J, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Dustin, Oklahoma. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 137 aerial application flight.

According to another company pilot who witnessed the accident, after taking on a load of about 165 gallons of herbicide, the airplane began its takeoff run. After departure, the airplane crested a hill and impacted a power pole with the wingtip. It then hit power lines and another pole before coming to rest in a draw. The witness stated that the airplane did not get airborne when it should have.

The airplane's left wingtip impacted the first of two power poles about 1,000 ft from the departure end of the turf runway about 25 ft below the top of the pole and between the top and bottom wire. After impact with the first pole and wires, the airplane impacted a second pole. The airplane then traveled about 180 ft before it impacted the terrain inverted, which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage and wings.

The airplane was equipped with a Continental Motors TSIO-520 series engine. A detailed engine examination is pending recovery of the airplane. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N2690J
Model/Series: T188 C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Agratech 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:kmlc 
Observation Time: 1453 UTC
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Dustin, OK
Destination: Dustin, OK

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 35.154167, -95.987778

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1 comment:

  1. Preliminary report 14 July 2020 says aircraft hit poles and power lines after taking off with a load of herbicide.


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