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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 137716
Last updated: 13 November 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AT6T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Air Tractor AT-602
Owner/operator:Sturdivant Brothers Flying Service Inc
Registration: N8525L
C/n / msn: 602-1133
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:A remote field near Minter City in northwest Leflore County, MS -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Glendora, MS (NONE)
Destination airport:Drew, MS (NONE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The non-instrument rated pilot departed on an agricultural aerial application flight in instrument meteorological conditions. There was no record of the pilot obtaining a weather briefing or filing a flight plan; however, company personnel stated that he obtained a computer weather briefing before departing. About 55 minutes after the flight’s departure, a friend of the pilot observed the airplane flying over a town about 7 miles from the crash site. He stated that the weather was very foggy. The wreckage was located about 13 minutes later in a rice field by a plantation employee. The employee and the plantation owner also stated that it was very foggy with about 150 feet forward visibility. Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane impacted the ground in a left wing low, nose down attitude. Examination of the airplane revealed no evidence of preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. The airplane was not equipped for flight in instrument meteorological conditions. It is likely that the flight encountered dense fog, and the pilot lost visual reference outside and was unable to see the terrain prior to the airplane colliding with it.
Probable Cause: The pilot's improper decision to conduct a visual flight rules aerial application flight in instrument meteorological conditions, which resulted in an in flight collision with the ground while maneuvering.



Revision history:

26-Jul-2011 12:02 gerard57 Added
26-Jul-2011 14:04 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 16:59 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Mar-2019 14:14 Anon. Updated [Source]

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