Accident Air Tractor AT-502 N4516K, Saturday 22 August 2009
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Date:Saturday 22 August 2009
Time:08:07 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT5T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Air Tractor AT-502
Owner/operator:Agrimax LLC
Registration: N4516K
MSN: 502-0097
Total airframe hrs:18742 hours
Engine model:P&W Canada PT6A-60A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:East Grand Forks, Minnesota -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:East Grand Fork, MN
Destination airport:East Grand Fork, MN
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that he was maneuvering at low altitude on an agricultural application flight when the right wing contacted the crops during a turn. He was unable to recover and subsequently impacted the terrain. The airplane was substantially damaged. He noted that he had lost track of the airplane's altitude as he was referencing some charts in an attempt to locate the correct field to be sprayed. He added that there were no failures or malfunctions with the airplane prior to the accident.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance with the crops while maneuvering at low altitude.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN09CA540
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report



History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

24 July 1995 N4516K Queen Bee Air Specialties, Inc 0 Idaho Falls, ID sub


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