Loss of control Accident Air Tractor AT-502B N60023, Friday 10 July 2009
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Date:Friday 10 July 2009
Time:11:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT5T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Air Tractor AT-502B
Owner/operator:Bear Bayou Ag Service
Registration: N60023
MSN: 502B-0315
Year of manufacture:1995
Total airframe hrs:5925 hours
Engine model:P&W PT6A SERIES
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Reydell, Arkansas -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Reydell, AR
Destination airport:Reydell, AR
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot took off from a private strip on an aerial application flight. While climbing away from the runway the airplane began a left turning tendency. The pilot suspected the airplane encountered a whirlwind and attempted to maintain control of the airplane. When the airplane entered a "dead air space" the airplane was approximately 5 to 10 feet above the ground. The airplane subsequently collided with terrain and came to a stop in the upright position. Substantial damage was sustained to both wings. An inspection of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector did not reveal any pre-impact anomalies.

Probable Cause: The pilot's inability to maintain control of the airplane when it unexpectedly encountered a whirlwind shortly after takeoff.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN09CA428
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report




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