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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 44155
Last updated: 28 March 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:H&P Flying Service
Registration: N5003E
C/n / msn: 602-0397
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Meridian, MS -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Meridain, MS
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The 8,600-hour commercial pilot was maneuvering at a low altitude during a local aerial application flight, when the airplane impacted a tree and subsequently the ground. The airplane came to rest in the upright position and was destroyed by a post-impact fire. All major components of the airplane were accounted for at the accident site. Continuity was established to all of the airplane's flight controls. An examination of the airplane's engine and propeller revealed no pre-impact anomalies. A toxicological evaluation of the pilot's specimens revealed hydrocodone and alprazolam. Both drugs have been shown to have a negative effect on psychomotor task. The level of hydrocodone reported in the pilot's blood was more then 50 times the level expected about one and a half hours following a typical single maximum dose of medication. The level of alprazolam reported in the pilot's blood was consistent with more than twice the dose shown to cause impairment.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from trees. Contributing factors were the drug impairment and low maneuvering altitude.



Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
05-Dec-2017 09:08 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]

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