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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 235412
Last updated: 8 May 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AT6T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Air Tractor AT-602
Owner/operator:Central Farmers Flying Service
Registration: N653LA
MSN: 602-0653
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Mamou, Evangeline Parish, LA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Mamou, LA
Destination airport:Mamou, LA
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that the turf airstrip had a "sunken area," which created a "ramp." During takeoff, the airplane encountered this portion of the airstrip and became "airborne prematurely." The airplane subsequently settled into ground effect; however, the left wing impacted a small tree near the end of the runway, and the airplane then pitched "downward and left," and the airplane was unable to maintain altitude. The airplane impacted a field off the end of the runway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and fuselage. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The airplane's encounter with a sunken area during takeoff from a turf runway, which resulted in the airplane becoming prematurely airborne and impacting a tree and then terrain.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

21 Apr 2017 N653LA Central Farmers Flying Service 0 Vidrine, LA sub


Revision history:

22-Apr-2020 20:06 Geno Added
22-Apr-2020 20:20 Geno Updated [Source]
23-Apr-2020 05:08 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
03-Jul-2020 12:38 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Accident report, ]
01-Mar-2021 19:32 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]
08-May-2021 14:52 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport]

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