Sunday, August 07, 2022

Air Tractor AT-502, N9184Q: Fatal accident occurred August 02, 2022 in Cheneyville, Rapides Parish, Louisiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances near an interstate. 

Mowata Farms LLC

Date: 02-AUG-22
Time: 16:45:00Z
Regis#: N9184Q
Aircraft Make: AIR TRACTOR
Aircraft Model: AT-502
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 137

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290. 

William Gill Pias
June 28, 1978 - August 2, 2022

Funeral services for William Gill Pias will be Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the Lone Pine Assembly of God Church with Rev. Billy Tingle officiating. Burial will follow in the family cemetery in Evergreen under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

The family requests that visitation be observed at the Lone Pine Assembly of God Church on Friday, August 5, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and resume on Saturday, August 6, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. until service time.

William “Gill” Pias, 44, died at 11:45 am, Tuesday August 2, in Cheneyville, LA. He was a do it all man, jack of all trades. He was the owner of Truelite Signs, and GHS Cane Company, but had his hands in several other businesses throughout the years. He was the kind of man who put his whole heart into everything. Gill was a farmer and a pilot, but first an amazing father and loyal husband. Gill was a man who never met a stranger and was good at everything he ever decided to try. He had a passion for agriculture and aviation and that passion continues through those he has left behind.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Candice Pearce Pias; his infant son, William Dean Pias; his father, George "Randy" Pias; his maternal grandparents, Dr. Herman C Quantz and Eleanor Pearce Quantz; his paternal grandparents, George M. Pias and Avice Teresa Flynn and his paternal great grandmother, Avice Pias.

He is survived by his wife, Brittany Caughlin Pias of Evergreen; his daughter, Anna Pias Fournet and husband, John, of Evergreen; his son, Huxley Pias of Evergreen; his mother, Marilyn Merritt of Blowing Rock, NC; his two sisters, Susan Smith and husband, Robert, of Alexandria and Katherine Henry and husband, Greg, of Blowing Rock, NC and his brother, John Pias and wife, Jill, of Brighton, MI.

Honored to serve as Pallbearers are Clyde Lemmons, Harold Hill, Stephen Partney, Darian Durand, Samuel Pearce, IV, Scott Plauche, Benn Vincent, Todd McCaleb and Mac Johnson.

CHENEYVILLE, Louisiana  — New information has been released from the NTSB about a cropduster that crashed Tuesday afternoon near Cheneyville, which killed the pilot.

The Rapides Parish Coroner’s Office has confirmed that the pilot’s name was Gill Pias.

According to the NTSB, the cropduster was an Air Tractor AT-502. An NTSB investigator was at the scene Wednesday to survey the site. We’re told the investigator will begin the process of documenting the scene and examining the aircraft. Part of the investigation will be to request radar data, weather information, maintenance records and the pilot’s medical records. NTSB investigators will look at the pilot, machine and environment as the outline of the investigation.

The preliminary report, which includes all the factual information learned to date, is expected to publish 15 days after the accident. We’re told at this early stage that NTSB does not state a cause, but will provide that information when available.

Investigations involving fatalities and other major investigations currently take between 12 and 24 months to complete.

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