Monday, April 18, 2016

Air Tractor AT502, Pioneer Flying Service Inc., N301LA : Fatal accident occurred April 18, 2016 in Oak Grove, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana

Pioneer Flying Service Inc:

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Baton Rouge FSDO-03

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA154
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Monday, April 18, 2016 in Kilbourne, LA
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT 502, registration: N301LA
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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On April 18, 2016, about 0910 central daylight time, an Air Tractor Inc. AT-502 airplane, N301LA, was destroyed after impact with terrain near Kilbourne, Louisiana. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Pioneer Flying Service Inc. under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial spraying flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, with no flight plan filed. The local flight departed a private airport about 0900.

According to operator personnel, the pilot was conducting his second load of spray operations to the same farm area. A witness located near this farm stated she noticed the airplane in a turn and subsequently enter into a rapid descent until impacting the ground. The Federal Aviation Administration inspector responding to the accident site reported the airplane impacted into an open field with a steep nose down attitude.

At 0915, the weather observation station at Morhouse Memorial Airport (BQP), Bastrop, Louisiana, located about 32 miles southwest of the accident site, reported the following conditions: wind 080 degrees at 4 knots, 10 miles visibility, clear skies, temperature 19 degrees C, dew point 15 degrees C, altimeter setting 30.24 inches of mercury.

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A cropduster pilot was killed in a Monday morning crash in West Carroll Parish.

Chief Deputy Kenneth Green of the West Carroll Parish Sheriff's Office said the crash happened about 9:15 a.m. on North Macon Front Road and the pilot, Daniel Morgan Jr., was dead when first responders reached the scene.

Sheriff Jerry Philley said Morgan was crop dusting in a field adjacent to the crash site.

A preliminary investigation suggests Morgan might have clipped a tree top before crashing into the field.

Philley said the Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted and will review the area. 

Morgan's body was sent to Little Rock for an autopsy, which Philley said is standard procedure.

National Transportation Safety Board Public Affairs Officer Terry Williams confirmed the NTSB, which conducts independent investigations of all U.S. civil aviation accidents, has started looking into the crash.

Original article can be found here: 

OAK GROVE, La (KNOE 8 News) - Update: West Carroll Parish Sheriff Jerry Philley tells KNOE they received a call around 9:00 AM Monday reporting a plane was on fire.

When emergency crews arrived at Macon Front Road in Oak Grove they discovered a crop duster plane crash. They found Danny Morgan Jr., the pilot from Pioneer, inside the wreckage.

Philley says Morgan was killed on impact and he was in the plane alone.

The preliminary investigation shows Morgan was crop dusting in a field north of where the crash happened. 

The sheriff says his wing likely clipped some branches causing him to lose control of the plane.

The FAA is on the way to the scene to investigate the crash. Morgan's body was sent to Little Rock for an autopsy.

Previous Report:
KNOE has received a report that a crop dusting plane crashed in Oak Grove around 9:30am Monday morning.

Initial reports indicate the pilot was killed in the crash.

The plane is reported to be from a crop dusting business in Pioneer, Louisiana.

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