NTSB Identification: CEN13FA324
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Thursday, June 06, 2013 in Ludlow, SD
Aircraft: WEATHERLY AVIATION CO INC 620B, registration: N350WR
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On June 6, 2013, about 1920 mountain daylight time, a Weatherly 620B airplane, N350WR, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain under unknown circumstances near Ludlow, South Dakota. A post impact fire ensued. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Air Kraft Spraying Inc., under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan. The flight originated from private strip near Ludlow, South Dakota about 1830.
According to colleagues of the pilot, he was applying pesticide and insecticide to a field just adjacent to where the airplane crashed. A local resident, located south of the accident site, reported seeing the airplane make multiple passes over the field. He lost site of the airplane and a few minutes later observed smoke.
The airplane came to rest in an open field of rolling terrain vegetated with short grass. The engine and propeller assembly separated during the impact sequence. The main wreckage included the left wing, the empennage, and burnt remains of the right wing and fuselage.
Index for Jun2013 | Index of months