14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Air Tractor AT502, registration:
Injuries: 1 Serious.
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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On April 16, 2019, at 0750 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-502B, N599LA, impacted the ground in a nose down attitude while on approach to land at a grass strip near Morganza, Louisiana. The commercial pilot was seriously injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage. Aerial Crop Care Inc. operated the airplane under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137, as an aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local area flight and no flight plan had been filed. The airplane departed from Yankee Field Airport (17LS) Port Barre, Louisiana, about 0730.
According to the operator, the pilot heard a loud noise, followed by the nose of the airplane pitching up. The pilot applied full forward pressure on the flight control stick with no response. He then reduced the power to arrest the climb. A company employee, also a witness to the accident, reported that the airplane pitched up dramatically, hesitated, and then pitched almost straight nose-down before it impacted the ground.