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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 44119
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Date:30-MAY-2006
Time:c. 17:55 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT8T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Air Tractor AT-802
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: EC-GOS
MSN: 802-0042
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Molinicos -   Spain
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:Utrera
Destination airport:Ibiza
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Narrative:
On May 30, 2006, at 1750 coordinated universal time, a single-engine Air Tractor AT-802 aerial application airplane, Spanish registration EC-GOS, was destroyed following an in flight encounter with inclement weather during cruise flight near Molinicos, Province of Albacete, in Spain. The commercial pilot, sole occupant of the airplane, was fatally injured. The airplane, serial number 802-0042, was owned and operated by the Instituto Balsar de la Naturaleza. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed throughout the area at the time of the accident. The positioning-ferry flight originated from the Utrera base near Seville at 1630 UTC and was destined to the Iziba Island.

Local authorities reported that a post-impact fire destroyed the airplane.

Causes
It is considered that the most likely cause of the accident was structural failure in flight of the aircraft, as a result of having been subjected to aerodynamic loads greater than those designed, when flying in the vicinity or even inside very intense storms.
Although it is not known whether the pilot was aware of the presence of widespread high intensity storms, which had been indicated in the various reports and predictions of the National Institute of Meteorology, he should have been aware that the magnitude and extent of these storms prevented him from flying through them trying to avoid them.

Sources:

http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20060607X00705&key=1
https://www.mitma.gob.es/recursos_mfom/2006_031_a_0.pdf

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
28-May-2020 11:59 KagurazakaHanayo Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Narrative]
28-May-2020 12:00 harro Updated [Narrative, Accident report, ]

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