Sunday, June 20, 2021

Air Tractor AT-502B, N8523Z: Accident occurred June 20, 2021 in Edwardsburg, Cass County, Michigan

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; Grand Rapids, Michigan 

Lutes Flying Service Inc 

 Location: Edwardsburg, MI 
Accident Number: CEN21LA283
Date & Time: June 20, 2021, 13:37 Local 
Registration: N8523Z
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AIR TRACTOR INC
Registration: N8523Z
Model/Series: AT-502B 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural aircraft (137)
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 41.7956,86.0808 (est)

CASS COUNTY, Michigan -- Cass County Sheriff Richard J. Behnke reported at approximately 1:37 p.m. on Sunday that a small aircraft crashed in Edwardsburg.

Police say they responded to the crash near the 27000 block of Indigan Lane.

The pilot, 68-year-old Ralph Edward Lutes of Shipshewana, was transported to an Elkhart hospital, police say.

Police report that the plane was crop dusting a potato farm with fungicide before crashing into a wooded area.

The extent of injuries sustained by Lutes is currently unknown.  

This crash is still under investigation by the FAA.

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