Saturday, May 14, 2016

Air Tractor AT502, Gerik Ag LLC, N1546Z: Fatal accident occurred May 14, 2016 in West, McLennan County, Texas


FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Fort Worth AFW FSDO-19

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA181 
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Saturday, May 14, 2016 in West, TX
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT 502, registration: N1546Z
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 May 14, 2016, at 1345 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-502 single-engine agricultural airplane, N1546Z, impacted terrain after striking cellular tower guy-wires near West, Texas. The commercial pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained fatal injuries, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to and operated by Gerik Ag LLC, Aquilla, Texas, as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and a flight plan was not filed. The local flight departed the Hillsboro Municipal Airport (INJ), Hillsboro, Texas, at an unknown time.

According to local authorities and a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, while traveling north towards INJ, the airplane's right wing impacted the top two cellular tower guy-wires. The tower height was reported as 246 feet agl. The airplane impacted terrain approximately 400 yards from the tower and a post-impact fire consumed the airplane.

At 1335, the INJ automated weather observing system (AWOS), located about 15 miles north of the accident site, reported the wind from 360 degrees at 17 knots, gusting to 21 knots, visibility 10 miles, sky clear, temperature 20 C, dew point 13 C, and an altimeter setting of 30.13 inches of mercury.

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A crop-duster pilot from Glen Rose died in the crash of his aircraft at 1:49 p.m. Saturday near 1155 Hlavenka Road in West, a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman said.

Senior Trooper D.L. Wilson identified the victim as John Allen Seay, 75. The airplane struck a guide wire on a power pole and went down, Wilson said.

He did not say whether the pilot died at the scene or if he was transported to a hospital. The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates the cause of aircraft accidents, could not be reached for comment Saturday.

Original article can be found here:

WEST, TX (KWTX) Emergency crews were on the scene of a single-engine plane crash in the town of West Saturday afternoon that killed a 75-year-old pilot.

Officials said the victim, John Allen Seay Jr., of Glen Rose, was in a crop duster circling the air, when he struck a wire on a cell phone tower and crashed.

Seay was ejected from his plane and died at the scene.

The crash happened at 1:49 p.m., at 1155 Hvalenka Road.

Original article can be found here:

WEST, Texas (AP) - The pilot of a crop duster has died as his plane crashed in a Central Texas field and caught fire.

McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara tells television station KCEN the pilot was dead at the scene Saturday afternoon near West, about 20 miles north of Waco.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the plane clipped a guy wire for a cell phone tower, crashed and then ignited.

He says the FAA will investigate and that the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified.

The name of the pilot hasn't been immediately released.

Original article can be found here:

WEST -- The pilot of a crop duster was killed as his plane crashed in West Saturday afternoon.

The pilot was identified as 75-year-old John Allen Seay of Glenn Rose, Texas. He died at the scene after he was ejected from the plane, according to McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said that the plane clipped a guide wire for a cell phone tower, causing it to crash and ignite a fire. Lunsford said that the FAA will investigate and that the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified. 

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