Saturday, August 07, 2021

Air Tractor AT-602, N455LA: Accident occurred August 04, 2021 in Mer Rouge, Morehouse 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 Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana 

Wilmot Airplane Ventures LLC

Location: Mer Rouge, LA 
Accident Number: CEN21LA357
Date & Time: August 4, 2021, 15:20 Local 
Registration: N455LA
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT-602
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

On August 4, 2021, about 1520 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-602, N455LA, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Mer Rouge, Louisiana. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight.

The pilot reported the accident flight was the 3rd aerial application load for the day, and the airplane was loaded with about 480 gallons of insecticide and fertilizer. Prior to the flight, the airplane was also loaded with about 150 to 160 gallons of Jet A-1 fuel. Shortly after rotation, the airplane engine lost power. The pilot conducted a forced landing to a field. During the forced landing, the airplane impacted a soybean field and came to rest upright. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and wings.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration inspector, the airplane wing fuel tanks did not appear to contain any fuel and no evidence of fuel was found at the accident site. The airplane was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AIR TRACTOR INC 
Registration: N455LA
Model/Series: AT-602
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: KMLU,81 ft msl 
Observation Time: 15:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C /19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 60°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Mer Rouge, LA 
Destination: Mer Rouge, LA

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: 32.773145,-91.783934 (est)

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