Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Air Tractor AT-502A, N887LA: Fatal accident occurred May 18, 2021 in Clayton, Concordia 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
Pratt & Whitney Canada; Quebec 

Ferriday Flying Service Inc

Location: Clayton, LA
Accident Number: CEN21LA223
Date & Time: May 18, 2021, 13:25 Local 
Registration: N887LA
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT-502A 
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

On May 18, 2021, about 1325 central daylight time, an Air Tractor airplane, N887LA, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Clayton, Louisiana. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight.

The operator stated that the pilot had completed several flights already and was in the processing of spraying product on a field when the accident happened.

Witnesses stated that the airplane had just completed a spray pass and was in the process of turning around. During the turn, the airplane pitched up and rolled left into a steep bank so that the wings were almost upside down. One witness stated that it looked like the pilot, “didn’t pull out of a barrel roll.” The airplane “fell out of the sky” and impacted the ground inverted oriented on a southeast heading. Figure 1 shows the accident airplane where it came to rest inverted in a field.

A postaccident examination revealed ground impact marks from the outline of the wings, which indicated that the airplane impacted the ground in a flat and wings level inverted attitude. The wing fuel tanks were found breached, and a significant amount of fuel was noted in the dirt under the airplane. The cockpit was crushed into the ground and partially buried.

The propeller blades were twisted and bent and also partially buried in the ground. The flaps were found near full extension. A SatLoc GPS was removed from the airplane and sent to the NTSB Vehicle Recorders Lab for examination and data download. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AIR TRACTOR INC 
Registration: N887LA
Model/Series: AT-502A 
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: 
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHEZ,272 ft msl
Observation Time: 13:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C /21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Farriday, LA 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 31.801121,-91.586945 (est)

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Jakob Tomas Porter
March 14, 1999 ~ May 18, 2021

A reception honoring the life of Jakob Tomas Porter will be held Saturday, May 22, 2021 at Young's Funeral Home in Ferriday, LA at 10 a.m. with a service at 11 a.m., officiated by Brother Waylan Piercy. Following the service, an aerial salute to Jakob will be performed at Ferriday Flying Service in Ferriday, LA, at 2:30PM. Parking available at Ferriday flying service airstrip.

Jakob Tomas Porter was born on Sunday, March 14, 1999 in Natchez, MS and passed away Tuesday, May 18, 2021 doing what he loved. He was a resident of Ferriday. Jakob was a fearless man, always living life to the fullest. He could fly and drive anything he touched if you asked him. He loved his family and friends with no end. Jake was an employee of Ferriday Flying Service crop dusting fields all over the state of Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Missouri, and Iowa. He was in the first graduating class of Delta Charter in 2017. He pursued his lifelong dream of aerial application at AG flight in Bainbridge, Georgia.

His maternal great grandparents, Joe and Bobbie Cascio, paternal grandfather Juan Gonzalaz and maternal grandmother, Donna Cascio Maroon, precede him in death

Those left to cherish his memory are his parents, Paul and Christy Porter of Ferriday, LA; girlfriend, Madison Passman of Monterey, LA; sister, Bailey and Nathan Farmer of Ferriday, LA; maternal grandfather, Loyce Maroon of Lake St. John, LA; paternal grandparents, Jack and Juanita Porter of Eros, LA; paternal great grandmother, Tomasa Gonzolaz; uncles and aunts, Phillip and Lisa Smith of Lake St. John, LA; Matt and Tanja Maroon of Lake St. John, LA; Waylan and Karla Piercy of Eros, LA.; Christopher Porter of Eros, LA; cousins, Aaron Maroon and wife, Lauren and their daughter, Annie of Lake St. John, LA; nephew, Kason Farmer; and many more cousins.

Pallbearers will be Duston Bailey, Jakob Bolyer, Jessie Brigman, Tyler Heard, Aaron Maroon, Taylor McCaughey, Casey Novak, Chase Pugh, Christian Saenz, Christopher Sikes, Jeremy Taylor, and Tim Yap.

Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Bass, Kyle Blackmon, William Brown, Tommy Ellet, Cole Gatlin, Wade Kirby, Cutter Robinson, David White, Doyle White and many others that he loved along the way.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to Pilots for Patients or Angel Flight of Louisiana. To leave an online condolence for the family please visit

A Ferriday man was killed Tuesday, May 18, in a plane crash at Foules in Catahoula Parish.

According to a statement released this morning from the Catahoula Parish Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 1:21 p.m. CPSO “began receiving multiple 911 calls in reference to a plane, which seemed to be a cropduster, crashed near Elam Turner Road in Catahoula Parish.

“Upon arrival to the scene, detectives and deputies found a plane which had crashed in an open field with fuel leaking from the right-wing area. After extrication was made, the pilot operating the plane being owned by Ferriday Flying Service was identified as Jakob Thomas Porter of Ferriday, LA.”

Sheriff Toney Edwards said this morning that this “was a tragic incident that occurred in Catahoula Parish yesterday. I ask for us all to remember Jakob’s family, friends, and everyone who assisted at the scene yesterday.”

He said is an ongoing investigation with Federal Aviation Administration.

NATCHEZ — A young man from Ferriday was killed in a plane crash Tuesday afternoon near Elam Turner Road in Catahoula Parish, law officials said.

According to Sheriff Toney Edwards of the Catahoula Parish Sheriff’s Office, his department received multiple calls regarding a plane, which seemed to be a crop duster, crashing at approximately 1:21 p.m. Tuesday.

Upon their arrival to the scene, deputies found the crashed plane in an open field with fuel leaking from the right-wing area.

The pilot was identified as Jakob Thomas Porter of Ferriday and the plane belonged to Ferriday Flying Service.

“This was a tragic incident that occurred in Catahoula Parish yesterday.  I ask for us all to remember Jakob’s family, friends, and everyone who assisted at the scene yesterday,” Edwards said, adding an investigation of the crash is ongoing with the Federal Aviation Administration.

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