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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 233106
Last updated: 23 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AT5T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Air Tractor AT-504
Owner/operator:CO Fire Aviation
Registration: N970FA
C/n / msn: 504-4028
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Brush, Morgan County, CO -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Fort Morgan Municipal Airport, CO (KFMM)
Destination airport:Fort Morgan Municipal Airport, CO (KFMM)
Investigating agency: NTSB
According to the pilot on the controls in the left seat, the right seat pilot was familiarizing him with the airplane. The airplane bounced during landing on the runway. During the landing roll, the airplane veered left, and he overcorrected to the right, followed by an overcorrection to the left. He applied heavy braking, and the airplane turned 120 to the right. The side load on the left main landing gear tire resulted in it bursting. The wheel rim then dug into the runway, the airplane bounced, the tailwheel assembly failed, and the tail spring steel strut then dug into the soft surface. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the aft fuselage and the empennage.

Probable Cause: The pilot's improper landing flare, which resulted in a bounced landing, and his subsequent failure to maintain directional control, which resulted in the left main landing gear tire bursting and the tailwheel assembly failing.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 6 months
Download report: Final report


Photo: FAA

Revision history:

20-Feb-2020 11:04 Captain Adam Added
20-Feb-2020 12:15 RobertMB Updated [Time, Total occupants, Source]
21-Feb-2020 08:05 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]
23-Aug-2020 16:43 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Total occupants, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]
23-Aug-2020 17:00 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Photo, Accident report, ]

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