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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 168971
Last updated: 25 November 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:Ag Air, LLC
Registration: N802BB
MSN: 802A-0079
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Decatur County, NW of Parsons, TN -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Parsons, TN (PVE)
Destination airport:Parsons, TN (PVE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot was applying chemicals to a soybean field when the airplane struck trees located at the edge of the field and then impacted the ground. Data from the onboard aerial spray operations computer revealed that the pilot was making spray passes to the east and west over the soybean field at low altitude and reversing course between each pass by making a left 180-degree turn. The data stopped before the tree impact; however, the wreckage path began just east of the north-south line of 50-ft-tall trees and was oriented to the east indicating the pilot was likely about to begin a spray pass to the east when the airplane impacted the trees. Examination of the wreckage revealed no evidence of preexisting anomalies or malfunctions. The propeller blades exhibited signatures consistent with power at the time of impact, and several tree limbs were found along the debris path with smooth, 45-degree cuts. Toxicology testing and autopsy results on the pilot revealed no evidence of an incapacitating event.

Probable Cause: The pilotís failure to see and avoid trees during a low-level aerial application operation.


FAA register:

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

Revision history:

20-Aug-2014 23:11 Geno Added
21-Aug-2014 07:03 gerard57 Updated [Date]
21-Aug-2014 07:06 gerard57 Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Source]
21-Aug-2014 16:32 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
22-Aug-2014 04:23 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
30-Nov-2017 19:01 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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