Thursday, January 21, 2021

Air Tractor AT-802A, N523BB: Fatal accident occurred Janary 19, 2021 in Newellton, Tensas Parish, Louisiana

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; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Air Tractor; Olney, Texas

Tensas Flying Service LLC

Location: Newellton, LA 
Accident Number: CEN21LA113
Date & Time: January 19, 2021, 14:35 Local 
Registration: N523BB
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT-802A 
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

On January 19, 2021, about 1435 central standard time, an Air Tractor AT-802A agricultural airplane, N523BB, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Newellton, Louisiana. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight.

The wreckage was found by a motorist and reported to law enforcement. There are no known witnesses to the accident. The wreckage was located along a road. Information later obtained by investigators revealed that the pilot was hired to apply applicant to an adjacent field.  Preliminary information also indicated there was damage to power lines and a utility pole on the western edge of the field, with a debris path to the wreckage location.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AIR TRACTOR INC 
Registration: N523BB
Model/Series: AT-802A 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural aircraft (137)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTVR, 86 ft msl
Observation Time: 14:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C /6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 360°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 6000 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.31 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: St. Joseph, LA 
Destination: Newellton, LA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 32.174435,-91.360249

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Carl Lee Hill
Tallulah, Louisiana
May 2, 1952 - January 19, 2021

As we celebrate the life of Carl Lee Hill, we remember him as an amazing husband, father, grandpa, brother, friend, and pilot. Carl was born on May 2, 1952, and entered into his heavenly home on January 19, 2021, at the age of 68. Carl was born to Claude Houston and Mary Ann Hill in Port Gibson, Mississippi. Carl married the love of his life, Vicki Arnold, on March 20, 1981. Together they had three children: Michael Wade Vinson, Jr., Samantha Hill Moses, and Cody Lee Hill.

Carl dedicated his life to his family, business, friends, and community. He served as an aerial applicator for 48 years and founded Tensas Flying Service in 2004. When Carl was not spending time with his family or flying, he was known for spending time in his workshop creating anything that came to mind. Some of his most memorable works include his signature iron tables, steam engines, and remodeled boats.

Carl is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Samuel Hill; and son, Michael Wade Vinson, Jr.

Carl is survived by his wife, Vicki; daughter, Samantha Moses (Stephen); son, Cody (Garnett); granddaughters, Camille Elizabeth Moses and soon to arrive Ava Allen Hill; grandson, Garrett Vinson; sister-in-law, Lisa Hill; brother, David Hill (Charla); sister, Tracy Hill; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

A service celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2021, at 10:00 AM at Legion Memorial Cemetery in Newellton, Louisiana, with Bro. Larry Foster officiating under the direction of Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home in Tallulah, Louisiana. In lieu of flowers, donations to Tensas Academy or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are appreciated.

Federal investigation at a Newellton plane crash site is concluding after two days.

Tensas Parish Sheriff Rickey Jones said the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board investigators are finishing work at the scene and preparing removal of the plane. 

Carl L. Hill, 68, of Newellton, died Tuesday afternoon when his Air Tractor AT-802A crashed under unknown circumstances after hitting a power line near the intersection of Louisiana 888 and Big Lake Road.

Hill was the only occupant of the plane.

The Air Tractor is used in agricultural applications and was registered to Tensas Flying Service LLC, a company owned by Hill.

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