NTSB Identification: CEN14LA255
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 27, 2014 in Gueydan, LA
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT 602, registration: N602RR
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
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On May 27, 2014, at 0835 central daylight time, N602RR, an Air Tractor AT-602, was destroyed when it collided with powerlines then terrain while spraying a rice field in Gueydan, Louisiana. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Klondike Aviation LLC. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the aerial spraying flight conducted under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137.
A witness stated that he was driving his tractor parallel to the field the airplane was spraying. He was headed north and the wind was from the south between 15 and 25 knots. The witness said the airplane passed by him going to the north, crossed over the powerlines and made a long, sweeping left had turn to the south. The witness said the airplane had plenty of time and space to set up for his next pass. When the airplane was headed back toward the south, it was in a descent when it collided with the powerlines and immediately nosed over into the ground. He saw a puff of white smoke followed by a puff of black smoke when the airplane struck the powerlines. The witness then called 911 and responded to the scene.
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