NTSB Identification: IAD98WA029
Accident occurred Saturday, January 24, 1998 in SANTA MARIA, Portugal
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT-501W, registration: N1006T
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

Delivery flight from St. John's, Canada to Santa Maria, Azores, Portugal. Crash occurred at night. Weather described as rain and fog. Aircraft destroyed in post-crash fire.

For further information, contact:

Frederico J.F. Serra Investigator-in-Charge Department of Accident Investigation of CAA Aeroporto de Lisboa Lisbon, Portugal tel. (35l.1) 842-35 00/99 fax. (351.1) 847 35 85


On January 24, 1998, at approximately 2030 Greenwich Mean Time, an Air Tractor AT-501 agricultural airplane, N1006T, was destroyed while attempting to land on the northern coast of the island of Sao Jorge, in the Azores Islands, North Atlantic Ocean. The instrument rated commercial pilot, sole occupant of the airplane, was fatally injured. The airplane was operated by the pilot under Title 14 CFR Part 91 and being delivered to a foreign operator in Douala, Republic of Cameroon, Africa. The weather conditions at the accident site are unknown. The transatlantic ferry flight originated in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, approximately six hours prior to the accident.

The pilot of the GPS equipped single engine airplane was reported to radio a message that he was disoriented after experiencing navigational problems while en route to his intermediate refueling stop at Ponto Delgada, in the Azores Islands. A military cargo aircraft monitored the call and was able to provide the airplane with a heading for the nearest island. On the pilot's last radio transmission he reported that he had the island in sight. The burned wreckage of the airplane was located the next day on the northern coast of the island of Sao Jorge, one of the 9 islands that form the Azores.

The accident is under the jurisdiction and control of the Government of Portugal. Any further information may be obtained from:

Cabinete de Prevencao e Investigacao de Acidentes Direcco-Geral da Aviacao Civil Rua B, Edificio 6 Aeroporto de Lisboa 1700 Lisboa, Portugal Telephone: 351-1-8488151 Facsimile: 351-1-8473585

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by or obtained from the Government of Portugal.

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