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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 156699
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AT8T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Air Tractor AT-802A
Owner/operator:Pioneer Agviation Inc
Registration: N8522S
MSN: 802A-0161
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Minot, ND -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Minot, ND (MOT)
Destination airport:Minot, ND (MOT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
During the aerial application flight, the pilot pulled the airplane up over trees and felt a small bump. The pilot stated that he believed that the airplane had struck branches. The airplane flew straight for a couple of seconds and then started rolling left. The pilot applied full right aileron and full right rudder, but the airplane continued to roll left. The airplane then struck the ground in a nose-low attitude. Examination of accident site and airplane wreckage revealed that the left wing had struck a tree. The examination did not reveal any mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. The pilot reported that he was well rested and that the flying shift was during his normal working hours.
Probable Cause: The pilotís failure to maintain adequate clearance from trees during an aerial application flight.


FAA register:

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

Revision history:

17-Jun-2013 13:59 gerard57 Added
17-Jun-2013 18:00 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Location]
20-Jun-2013 19:16 Geno Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
20-Jun-2013 19:17 Geno Updated [Aircraft type]
24-Jun-2013 08:08 Anon. Updated [Time]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
29-Nov-2017 08:46 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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