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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 228022
Last updated: 22 May 2020
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Time:07:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT5T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Air Tractor AT-502B
Owner/operator:Air Advantage Inc
Registration: N6113C
C/n / msn: 502B-0275
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sumner, Bremer County, IA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Mt. Pleasant Municipal Airport (MPZ)
Destination airport:Oelwein Municipal Airport (OLZ)
On August 8, 2019, at 0721 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-502B, N6113C, impacted power lines, a power line support pole, a tree and terrain near Sumner, Iowa. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a postimpact fire. The airplane was registered to Air Advantage Inc., Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and operated under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a positioning flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and the flight was not operated on flight plan. The flight originated from the Mt. Pleasant Municipal Airport (MPZ), Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, about 0615 and was destined for the Oelwein Municipal Airport (OLZ), Oelwein, Iowa.

A witness reported that the pilot overflew the destination airport at about 200 ft above ground level (agl) and then continued toward the north-northwest. It appeared that the spray boom was leaking which left a trail behind the airplane. The airplane itself appeared to be intact and the engine seemed to be running normally. A second witness reported that the airplane flew over his home between 0715 and 0720. He added that it was very low and was "amazed it cleared the trees." He observed a steady plume that appeared to be coming from the left side of the airplane.

The airplane struck a set of power lines about 40 ft agl. It subsequently struck a second set of power lines, a roof mounted antenna, and a power line support pole before crossing a paved, two-lane roadway and impacting a tree. A postimpact fire ensued.

The airplane came to rest against the tree on west-northwest heading. Fragments of the outboard left wing and left aileron had separated and were located near the power line support pole. The inboard portion of the left wing and flap remained with the fuselage and were largely consumed by the postimpact fire. The right wing remained attached to the fuselage and was resting in the tree. Inboard portions of the right wing exhibited fire damage; however, the outboard portion of the wing was intact. The right aileron and flap remained attached to the wing. The empennage remained with the fuselage and exhibited impact and fire damage.


Revision history:

08-Aug-2019 14:06 Geno Added
08-Aug-2019 14:19 RobertMB Updated [Total fatalities, Location, Damage, Narrative]
08-Aug-2019 19:57 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code]
08-Aug-2019 19:57 Iceman 29 Updated [Aircraft type, Embed code]
09-Aug-2019 00:35 RobertMB Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
09-Aug-2019 13:59 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
09-Aug-2019 14:15 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
16-Aug-2019 01:52 Captain Adam Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]

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