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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 186012
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AT3T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Air Tractor AT-402
Owner/operator:Ranspot Flying Service
Registration: N4555E
MSN: 402-0811
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Williamson County, Beyersville, SE of Taylor, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Burlington, TX (PVT)
Destination airport:Beyersville, TX
Investigating agency: NTSB
Before conducting the aerial application flight, the pilot circled the application site four times in order to identify obstructions. He saw power line poles on the east and west sides of the field, but he did not see an older, unmarked power line pole in the middle of the field, nor the associated powerline that ran across the field. The pilot began the application, and, during the fourth pass, the right wing impacted the powerline. The pilot stated that it was a gray and hazy day, which made the power pole and line difficult to see, and he also stated that he was unfamiliar with the application site. The pilot reported there were no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies of the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain visual separation from the power line due to a lack of identifiable and contrasting features, which led to an inflight collision with the line while maneuvering in gray, hazy conditions.


FAA register:

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

Revision history:

30-Mar-2016 15:12 Geno Added
30-Mar-2016 20:47 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
19-Aug-2017 13:31 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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