Sunday, April 18, 2021

Cessna A188B AGtruck, N4912Q: Fatal accident occurred April 13, 2021 in Pineview, Wilcox County, Georgia

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 traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas  

A&C AG Aviation Inc


Location: Pineview, GA 
Accident Number: ERA21FA184
Date & Time: April 13, 2021, 09:00 Local
Registration: N4912Q
Aircraft: Cessna A188 
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Aerial application

On April 13, 2021, about 0900 eastern daylight time, a Cessna A188B, N4912Q, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Pineview, Georgia. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight.

The airplane was based at private airstrip in Unadilla, Georgia. According to the operator, the airplane departed Unadilla about 0715 with about 2 hours, 30 minutes of fuel onboard. The pilot was spraying for mosquitos and had two more residences to complete, before returning to Unadilla.

The wreckage was located inverted, about 8 miles southeast of the airstrip, in a field near powerlines.

The powerlines were about 50 ft above ground level and damage to the powerlines and landing gear were consistent with both main landing gear contacting the powerlines in a west to east direction. Both main landing gear separated during impact with the powerlines. 

Additionally, the propeller and lower engine cowling also exhibited damage consistent with contact with the powerlines. The powerlines were approximately 1.25 inches thick, consisting of a steal core with aluminum wires twisted around the core.

A Satloc Bantam GPS was recovered and retained for data download.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N4912Q
Model/Series: A188 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator:
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: MCN,354 ft msl
Observation Time: 08:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C /13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Unadilla, GA
Destination: Pineview, GA

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: 32.104723,83.563501

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.

Nicholas Ryan Frost
January 27, 1995 ~ April 13, 2021 (age 26)


Nicholas Ryan Frost, age 26, of Unadilla, died Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Wilcox County.

Nick was born on January 27, 1995 in Redding, California.  At the age of 16, he began flying.  He was currently employed with A&C Ag Aviation as an aerial applicator.

Survivors include:  
FiancĂ©e:  Courtney Fleming of Unadilla
Mother and Step-Father:  Sally and John Wagner of Redding, CA
Father:  Robert M. Frost of Redding, CA
Sister:  Rachelle Collins (Dillon) of Roseville, CA

Brothers:
Jason Rankin of Redding, CA
Albert Rankin of Berkeley, CA

Step-Sister:
Hannah Wagner of Redding CA

Step-Brother:
Hayden Wagner of Redding, CA

Family and friends will gather to celebrate Nick's life at 12 PM Friday, April 16.  The celebration will take place at A&C Ag Aviation, 5660 Calhoun Road, Unadilla.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate Nick's life at 11 AM Saturday, May 1.  The celebration will take place at the Elks Lodge, 205 Elk Drive, Redding, California.

Brannen-NeSmith Funeral Home of Vienna has charge of arrangements.










WILCOX COUNTY, Georgia — Royce Harvey was working on his farm around 9 a.m. Tuesday morning when the unexpected happened.

"A plane came to spray the mosquitoes because we have mosquito problems during the summer, but he was spraying and hit one of the big power lines and went down," Harvey said.

County EMA director Larry Brown identified the victim as 25-year-old Nicholas Frost of Unadilla.

He says Frost worked for for A&C Agriculture Aviation.

"It was tragic," Harvey said.

Frost was often in the area with his plane, spraying mosquitoes for Harvey and his neighbors.

"I've had dreams of planes crashing and stuff. I was hoping it would never come true, but this one did." Harvey said.

Brown says it looked like the plane struck some heavy duty power lines.

"The plane was flying fine, and he saw the power line and hit it last minute. The power lines and big towers are just something pilots need to keep an eye out for. I know they do, but accidents do happen, " Harvey said.

Brown says the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

1 comment:

  1. RIP young man. I'm totally at a loss with the story saying he sprayed here regularly yet he hit the power lines he should have been well familiar with in location.

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