Monday, September 13, 2021

Jake Boney: Fatal accident occurred September 12, 2021 and Accident occurred September 03, 2020

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

September 12, 2021:   Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in a field in Rhine,  Dodge County, Georgia.

Date: 12-SEP-21
Time: 00:30:00Z
Regis#: N390PE
Aircraft Model: 8KCAB
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

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 Jake Boney

RHINE, Georgia — A sunflower field off of Highway 280 is where Sheriff Brian Robinson says Jake Boney took his final flight on Sunday night.

Robinson has been in office for almost a year now.

He says so far, a fatal plane crash from over the weekend is one of the toughest calls his crew has responded to.

Robinson says a friend identified the pilot as Jake Boney, a 30-year-old known widely in the area for flying his plane as well as a crop duster.

"I've known him since he was a child. He was an all-around good guy, he had way more friends than I probably will ever have, but he was just the type of person that he was charismatic, everyone wanted to be around him," he said. 

Robinson says hundreds of people showed up to the scene Sunday night, to comfort family.

He says Boney was involved in another crash last September in Hawkinsville.

"They just went through this last year about this time, he had a crash and he survived it. The family's reliving this and they're devastated."

Robinson says his office is cooperating with the FAA on their investigation. 

Jake Boney

RHINE, Georgia — The pilot killed in a plane crash in Dodge County late Sunday previously survived a crash in neighboring Pulaski County.

According to Dodge County Sheriff Brian Robinson, a single-engine plane crashed in a wooded area just outside of Rhine on Highway 280.

He identified the pilot as Jake Boney.

Boney crashed in Pulaski County almost a year ago to the day on September 3, 2020. In that crash, he was making a turn when the wing of his plane hit a tower.

Part of the tower came down and went down in a cotton field. He was airlifted from the scene.

Low Altitude Operation/Event: Ayres Thrush S2R-H80, N30529; accident  occurred September 03, 2020  in Hawkinsville,  Pulaski County,   Georgia

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Dawson Brothers Spraying Service Inc

Location: Hawkinsville, Georgia
Accident Number: ERA20LA306
Date & Time: September 3, 2020, 08:46 Local
Registration: N30529
Aircraft: THRUSH S2R-H80 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Low altitude operation/event
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Aerial application
The commercial pilot reported that, while spraying a field during his first agricultural application flight, he flew the airplane over the field east and west and was blinded by the sun. For the next application, he decided to fly north and south over the field, so the sun was not in his eyes. The airplane was operating normally, and he finished spraying the field. He remembered that he was supposed to spray another field to the east, but he could not remember anything after that. The airplane was found resting in the field. The airplane and a 150-ft-tall antenna tower located on the east edge of the field were substantially damaged, and a portion of the tower structure was found entangled with the right wing. The pilot was seriously injured. Review of astronomical data indicated that the sun at the time of the accident in relation to the tower location was almost due east. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause and Findings
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from an antenna tower while maneuvering during an agricultural application flight while flying directly toward the sun.
Personnel issues Monitoring environment - Pilot
Environmental issues Tower/antenna (incl guy wires) - Effect on operation
Environmental issues Glare - Effect on personnel

Factual Information
History of Flight
Maneuvering-low-alt flying Low altitude operation/event (Defining event)
Pilot Information
Certificate: Commercial
Age: 29,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: October 25, 2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: May 16, 2020
Flight Time: 2610 hours (Total, all aircraft), 200 hours (Total, this make and model), 2503 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 300 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 90 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)
Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information
Aircraft Make: THRUSH
Registration: N30529
Model/Series: S2R-H80
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2012 
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted (Special) 
Serial Number: H80-108
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel 
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: May 3, 2020 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 10500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Turbo prop
Airframe Total Time: 2884.99 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: General Electric
ELT: Not installed 
Engine Model/Series: H80-100
Registered Owner: R
ated Power: 800 Horsepower
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan
Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: K48A,270 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 08:55 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 45°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility:  10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 260° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 35°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Hawkinsville, GA (PVT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Hawkinsville, GA
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: Class G
Wreckage and Impact Information
Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 32.195278,-83.47583(est)


  1. Ag flying is extremely demanding of the pilot, with systems to closely monitor to insure crops get evenly sprayed, flying the airplane at or near max weight and usually very close to stall. Obstacles and other inflight hazards ( birds, visibility ) add to the level of difficulty.
    This is why I hold agricultural pilots with the highest respect, no matter if they are flying crops or pleasure. I can’t think of a more professional and talented pilot to meet and learn from.
    Apparently Mr Boney met a set of circumstances in his personal airplane that led to this crash. It’s my instinct that with his background, this crash posed circumstances that even the most talented pilot couldn’t overcome. I would hate to be presented what he had to deal with.
    My deepest condolences to his family and friends. The aviation community has lost a valuable pilot and from what I read, a fine individual.

  2. News article says he was flying night time passes over a field with a friend standing outside to watch and the engine stopped.

    The accident plane was not the pilot's 1969 Cherokee Arrow registered to his name that he shows in a November 2016 Facebook post. Here is a 2016 photo of the Champion 8KCAB Xtreme Decathlon he was flying at the time of the crash:


    Nice May 2021 news interview with video of him flying:

  3. Do Ag pilots actually get insurance? I never thought about it before.