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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 134096
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Date:05-SEP-1996
Time:17:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT3P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Air Tractor AT-301
Owner/operator:Farm Air, Inc.
Registration: N8563S
MSN: 301-0146
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:St Clair, AL -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Agricultural
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On September 5, 1996, about 1700 central daylight time, a Air Tractor AT-310, N8563S, registered to Davco Aviation, Inc., crashed near St. Clair, Alabama, while on a Title 14 CFR Part 137 aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed. The aircraft was destroyed and the commercial-rated pilot received serious injuries. The flight originated from St. Clair, the same day, about 1610.

Witnesses report to Lowndes County Sheriff Department officers that they observed the aircraft flying and the engine suddenly cut off. The aircraft crashed and about 15 seconds later they heard an explosion.

Examination of the crash site by FAA inspectors showed the aircraft crashed in a nose-down attitude while at a slow speed. The leading edge of each wing was crushed aft. The propeller had damage consistent with a propeller being turned by engine power at the time of ground impact. A postcrash fire erupted in the nose and center wing areas. Examination of the engine by FAA inspectors showed no evidence of precrash mechanical failure or malfunction of the engine.
PROBABLE CAUSE:failure of the pilot to maintain adequate airspeed, while maneuvering, which resulted in an inadvertent stall and uncontrolled descent to ground.

Sources:

NTSB id 20001208X06787


Revision history:

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