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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 191512
Last updated: 22 November 2021
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Time:08:10 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT8T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Air Tractor AT-802A
Owner/operator:Rebel Ag Pty Ltd
Registration: VH-NIA
MSN: 802A-0148
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:33km W of Narromine, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:near Narromine, NSW
Destination airport:Trangie, NSW
Investigating agency: ATSB
On 21 November 2016 at about 07:30, the pilot of an Air Tractor AT-802A, registered VH-NIA, was conducting aerial spraying activities from Trangie airfield near Narromine, New South Wales. The planned activities included spraying a small area of crop on a property about 30 km west of Narromine. The crop spraying was a continuation of the previous day’s activities that had been discontinued due to the weather becoming unsuitable for spraying conditions.
The property owner reported observing the aircraft arrive and that the pilot appeared to be experienced in the way he was manoeuvring the aircraft while spraying the crop. The property owner assumed that the pilot had completed spraying the crop as, after about 30 minutes, the aircraft departed in the direction of Trangie airfield.
At about 08:10, witnesses briefly observed the aircraft to be in a nose-down attitude before impacting the ground, resulting in an intense fuel‑fed fire. The accident site was located about 5 km from the spray area. The pilot was fatally injured, and the aircraft was destroyed.

Contributing factors
Shortly after departing the spray area, and for reasons that could not be determined, a loss of control occurred from which the pilot was unable to recover before impacting terrain.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Download report: Final report


Photo: ATSB

Revision history:

21-Nov-2016 11:52 Pineapple Added
22-Nov-2016 07:32 Pineapple Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
22-Nov-2016 11:40 Kardz Updated [Operator]
18-Mar-2018 17:56 harro Updated [Time, Narrative, Photo, ]

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