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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 240783
Last updated: 1 September 2020
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Date:22-FEB-2020
Time:15:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT6T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Air Tractor AT 602
Owner/operator:Bunkie Flying Service Inc
Registration: N602BK
C/n / msn: 602-1128
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Bunkie, LA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Iota, LA
Destination airport:Bunkie, LA (2LA4)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The pilot reported that he was performing a straight-in approach and landing. The airplane touched down on the runway centerline, and it was under control. After the tailwheel settled onto the runway, the pilot applied the brakes and retarded the engine power to the beta range. Shortly after, the airplane began to swerve left. The pilot's efforts to maintain directional control were unsuccessful, and the airplane departed the left side of the runway, encountered soft ground, and ground looped. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, right wing, and vertical stabilizer. The pilot noted that he did not ensure that the tailwheel lock was engaged before landing.
 



Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to lock the tailwheel before landing, which resulted in his loss of directional control during the landing roll, a runway excursion onto soft ground, and a subsequent ground loop.



Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20200227X44532&key=1

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


Revision history:

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