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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 196885
Last updated: 6 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
Registration: N802DL
MSN: 802A-0679
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Poinsett County, SW of Trumann, AR -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Private Field, AR
Destination airport:Private Field, AR
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that he departed his private field for an agricultural application flight and flew northwest about 5 miles. He added that, as he approached the field that he had intended to spray, the visibility rapidly decreased. He began a 180° turn, but the visibility decreased to zero, and the airplane subsequently impacted the ground.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and fuselage.  
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 system about 13 nautical miles from the accident site reported that, about 11 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 180° at 5 knots, and the cloud celling was overcast at 300 ft. 

Probable Cause: The pilot’s improper decision to continue flight in deteriorating weather conditions, which resulted in collision with the ground.



FAA register:

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


Photo: FAA

Revision history:

26-Jul-2017 04:27 Geno Added
26-Jul-2017 18:23 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
02-Apr-2018 07:34 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
02-Apr-2018 07:50 harro Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative, Photo, ]

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