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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 178796
Last updated: 17 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:Reynolds Flying Service, Inc.
Registration: N3070R
MSN: 802A-0528
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North of Wiville, AR -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:McCrory, AR (7M0)
Destination airport:McCrory, AR (7M0)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The commercial pilot was conducting a local agricultural application flight when the airplane collided with a utility pole that was located along the border of the field being sprayed. A witness reported hearing the pilot transmit over the radio that he had "messed up" and that his airplane had collided with a pole. The pilot also reported having an unspecified flight control issue following the collision. The witness stated that the airplane remained in level flight for about 1 mile before it entered a slow right roll and descended into a forested area. Postaccident examination established that the airplane's right wingtip had impacted near the top of the 30-ft-tall utility pole. The examination did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation of the airplane before the collision. It is likely that the collision with the utility pole damaged the right aileron, which resulted in an uncontrolled right roll and subsequent descent into terrain.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from a utility pole while maneuvering during an agricultural application flight, which resulted in damage to the right aileron and a subsequent uncontrolled right roll at a low altitude.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 8 months
Download report: Final report


Photo: NTSB

Revision history:

19-Aug-2015 04:51 Geno Added
19-Aug-2015 16:09 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Damage, Narrative]
19-Aug-2015 16:24 Iceman29 Updated [Time, Source]
19-Aug-2015 16:24 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
16-Apr-2018 19:29 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
16-Apr-2018 19:43 harro Updated [Source, Narrative, Photo, ]

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