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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 226319
Last updated: 23 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AT3T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Air Tractor AT-402A
Owner/operator:Crop-Serv Inc.
Registration: N5044Y
MSN: 402A-1036
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Liberal, Seward County, KS -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Meade, KS (MEJ)
Destination airport:Meade, KS (MEJ)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that, during an agricultural application flight, his attention was focused "on a shed and electrical lines." While maneuvering to the north at a low altitude, the airplane's right wing collided with an unseen galvanized windmill tower. He reported that the tower had blended into the gray sky. He attempted to control the airplane, but it descended and impacted terrain. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to see and avoid a windmill tower while maneuvering at low altitude.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

18-Jun-2019 21:38 Captain Adam Added
18-Jun-2019 22:38 Geno Updated [Time, Source]
19-Apr-2020 07:05 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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