Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Air Tractor AT-802, N363BG: Fatal accident occurred July 25, 2021 in Benoit, Bolivar County, Mississippi

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; Jackson, Mississippi 
Air Tractor; Olney, Texas 

Old River Flying Service LLC

Location: Benoit, Mississippi
Accident Number: CEN21FA334
Date and Time: July 25, 2021, 07:45 Local
Registration: N363BG
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT-802
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural
On July 25, 2021, about 0745 central daylight time (CDT), an Air Tractor 802 agricultural airplane, N363BG, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Benoit, Mississippi. The commercial pilot sustained fatal injuries. The aerial application flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Federal Code of Regulations Part 137.
The intent of the flight was to apply fungicide and insecticide chemicals to a bean field located about 3.5 miles southwest of Benoit, Mississippi. The airplane was operating from a 2,164 ft-long by 100-ft wide private grass agricultural airstrip, oriented about 230-degrees magnetic. According to the operator, the airplane was fueled with 225 gallons of Jet-A and loaded with 635 gallons of chemicals prior to takeoff.
Witnesses stated that they observed a normal takeoff roll. At the departure end of the runway, the airplane struck a berm at the end of the runway, went inverted, and impacted the ground.
There were no radio or distress calls heard from the pilot.
Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information
Aircraft Make: AIR TRACTOR INC 
Registration: N363BG
Model/Series: AT-802 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KGLH,128 ft msl 
Observation Time: 07:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C /26°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 160°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 9 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Benoit, MS 
Destination: Benoit, MS
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: 33.602651,-91.023147

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