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Air Tractor AT-401, N9192E: Accident occurred March 26, 2022 in Rayville, Richland 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

Collinston Air Service Inc

Location: Rayville, Louisiana 
Accident Number: CEN22LA157
Date and Time: March 26, 2022, 16:14 Local 
Registration: N9192E
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT-401 
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

On March 26, 2022, about 1614 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-401, N9192E, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Rayville, Louisiana. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight.

The pilot reported that he was making the final agricultural spray passes on a field when the airplane engine began to “spit and sputter, and miss”. He exited the field and climbed over trees and power transmission lines when the engine again started running abnormally. He examined the area for a safe place to land and the engine stopped producing power. He noted that the engine re-started and stopped two or three times as he maneuvered for a subsequent landing. After touching down in a field, the airplane went over an embankment alongside a water filled ditch. After it touched down on the opposite side of the ditch, the right wing struck an irrigation unit, the airplane turned sideways, and then nosed over, resulting in substantial damage to both wings.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AIR TRACTOR INC
Registration: N9192E
Model/Series: AT-401 
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,73 ft msl 
Observation Time: 15:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C /3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 120°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Oak Ridge, LA (PVT)
Destination: Rayville, LA

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: 32.519802,-91.704144

Aircraft experienced engine issues and crashed in a field impacting a water pump. 

Date: 26-MAR-22
Time: 21:14:00Z
Regis#: N9192E
Aircraft Make: AIR TRACTOR
Aircraft Model: AT401
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Operation: 137

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