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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 240407
Last updated: 23 August 2020
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Date:09-JUN-2019
Time:11:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT6T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Air Tractor AT 602
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N2602M
C/n / msn: 602-0645
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:La Ward, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Agricultural
Departure airport:La Ward, TX (TX0)
Destination airport:La Ward, TX (TX0)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The pilot reported that, during an agricultural application flight, while the airplane was between about 15 and 40 ft above ground level and traveling westward with the sun in his eyes, the rudder struck a wire and separated. The pilot subsequently landed the airplane without further incident. The pilot added that he thought the airplane had already cleared the wire when the collision occurred. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the rudder. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
 
 
 
 




Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from a wire during an aerial application flight in sun glare conditions.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20190617X70049&key=1

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Download report: Final report


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