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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 68424
Last updated: 25 November 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft E18S
Owner/operator:Brazoria County
Registration: N797SB
C/n / msn: BA-172
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Jones Creek, Texas -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Angleton, TX (LBX)
Destination airport:Angleton, TX (LBX)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot was spraying a marshy area for mosquitoes. After making a spray pass, he made a right 180-degree turn to an easterly heading and the right wing struck a radio tower. The pilot didn't know the extent of the damage and there appeared to be a "controllability issue." He elected to land in a pasture. During the landing, the airplane struck and killed a cow and a bull, then collided with a pile of wood, resulting in substantial damage. The unlit 100-foot radio tower was within the walls of a correctional facility, was used for ground communications, and has been there for several years. It was not marked on sectional charts.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to see and avoid the radio tower.



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Revision history:

04-Oct-2009 06:50 slowkid Added
04-Oct-2009 09:33 RobertMB Updated
11-Jan-2017 17:52 mojga Updated [Registration, Cn, Source, Narrative]
02-Dec-2017 17:08 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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