Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Air Tractor AT-401, N7315P: Accident occurred July 13, 2021 in Carroll, Iowa

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; Des Moines, Iowa

Location: Carroll, IA
Accident Number: CEN21LA319
Date & Time: July 13, 2021, 16:54 Local
Registration: N7315P
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT-401 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

On July 13, 2021, at 1654 central daylight time, an Air Tractor Inc., N7315P, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Carroll, Iowa. The pilot received minor injuries. The airplane was operated under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight.

The pilot stated that he completed half of the planned aerial application of a field when the engine quit coming out of a turn. The pilot then performed a forced landing. The airplane impacted terrain and sustained substantial damage to its wings.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AIR TRACTOR INC 
Registration: N7315P
Model/Series: AT-401
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
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Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
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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: 42.0656,94.8673 (est)

A crop dusting plane suffered what appeared to be an engine failure and the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in a field off Mahogany Avenue near Swan Lake south of Carroll at around 5 p.m. Tuesday night. 

Local authorities responded to the scene and report the pilot suffered no serious injuries, however the crop duster, an Air Tractor AT-401 registered to Central Ag, LLC of Corsica, South Dakota, was likely a total loss. The Federal Aviation Administration, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) have all been notified and will be conducting a joint investigation into the incident.

1 comment:

  1. It was an off airport landing and from the looks of it, a damn good one, But I guess that's not "news" so the. Hats off to the pilot for for preserving his life and a crop that can actually make a buck this year. Just a guess but likely only a handful of seconds to remember and execute training.
    It'll be flying again in a season.