Accident Air Tractor AT-802 EC-GVN,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 212065
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Date:Tuesday 12 June 2018
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT8T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Air Tractor AT-802
Owner/operator:Martinez Ridao Aviación
Registration: EC-GVN
MSN: 802-0065
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:2 km off Pollença, Mallorca -   Spain
Phase: En route
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:Son Bonet Airport (LESB)
Destination airport:Son Bonet Airport (LESB)
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Aircraft EC-GVN was based at the aerodrome of Son Bonet (Mallorcaj and was part of the aerial assets used for fire fighting. On 12 June 2018, it was doing an aerial observation flight planned by forests specialist of the regional government of the Balearic Islands; specifically, the route was along the Tramuntana Mountains, on the north of the island of Mallorca.
It took off at 17:20 from the aerodrome of Son Bonet, and approximately 44 minutes into the flight, the aircraft crashed into the sea. The impact killed the pilot and destroyed the aircraft. The wreckage was found three days later at a depth of 60 m There were no messages during the flight involving any type of emergency in the aircraft or due to smoke or fire. The evidence also shows no signs of technical, meteorological or any other type of problem that might have occurred before or during the flight.
A GPS device was recovered from the aircraft wreckage that was used to determine the flight path until just before the impact with the water. Based on the records that were available, the CIAIAC focused on analyzing the 23.5-km long flight segment from Cape Formentor until the impact, which stands out as it differs considerably from that of previous flights in the area.

In the absence of specific information on the final seconds of the flight, the investigation has considered a scenario that is consistent with the evidence found in the retrieved wreckage and the environment in which the aircraft was flying.
The accident is consistent with a controlled flight into water preceded by a sudden descent, the cause of which could not be determined.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Report number: A-022/2018
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 2 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

13-Jun-2018 05:50 gerard57 Added
13-Jun-2018 09:40 gerard57 Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
14-Jun-2018 05:42 gerard57 Updated [Registration, Departure airport, Source]
15-Jun-2018 18:25 gerard57 Updated [Total fatalities, Source, Damage, Narrative]
04-Sep-2020 19:33 harro Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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