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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 196169
Last updated: 28 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
Registration: N915AJ
MSN: 802A-0566
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Randolph County, south of Pocahontas, AR -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Pocahontas, AR
Destination airport:Pocahontas, AR
Investigating agency: NTSB
The agricultural application pilot reported that, during the initial climb and as soon as the airplane “broke ground,” he turned left and subsequently encountered turbulence that caused the left wing to “dip.” He added that he applied full right aileron and rudder but that the airplane continued to sink and turn left. Subsequently, the left wing impacted terrain, the airplane cartwheeled, and a postcrash fire ensued.
The fuselage, empennage, and both wings sustained substantial damage.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
An automated weather observation station, 12 nautical miles south of the accident site, reported, about the time of the accident, calm wind, clear skies, temperature 84°F (29°C), and dew point 64°F (18°C).

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain lateral/bank control during the initial climb in turbulent conditions.



FAA register:

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

Revision history:

16-Jun-2017 22:19 Geno Added
08-Sep-2017 19:49 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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