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Tail numberN8587S
Accident dateJuly 07, 2009
Aircraft typeAir Tractor Inc AT-301
LocationBrinson, GA
Near 30.946111 N, -84.723889 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On July 7, 2009, about 1300 eastern daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-301, N8587S, operated by Ag-Flight Inc., was substantially damaged during impact with terrain near Brinson, Georgia. The certificated private pilot was killed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local instructional flight conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight originated from Decatur County Industrial Air Park (BGE), Bainbridge, Georgia, about 1250.

According to the pilot's flight instructor, and two ground personnel that fueled the airplane, the pilot was progressing with his aerial application training. The pilot initially departed, practiced steep turns, and practice flight at minimum controllable airspeed. The pilot then returned to BGE and completed five supervised takeoffs and landings. The airplane was subsequently fueled and 50 to 100 gallons of water was also added. The pilot departed again, completed the same maneuvers, dropped the water, and returned to BGE. Approximately 100 to 200 gallons of water was then added and the pilot departed again. He completed the same maneuvers, dumped the water, and returned to BGE. The airplane was refueled again and 200 gallons (or more) of water was added. The pilot departed again to review the same maneuvers; however, no further contact was made with the airplane.

Witnesses, who lived in the vicinity of the accident site, reported seeing the accident airplane flying low, 700 feet above the ground. The witnesses reported that the airplane released water, pitched up, and then pitched down toward the ground. The witnesses did not report hearing any change in engine noise.

The airplane came to rest nose down, in a peanut field. A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector planned to examine the wreckage.

According to FAA records, the pilot obtained his private pilot certificate on May 31, 2009.

The recorded weather at BGE, at 1257, was: wind from 260 degrees at 6 knots; visibility 10 miles; scattered clouds at 2,300 feet; scattered clouds at 2,900 feet; scattered clouds at 3,400 feet; temperature 28 degrees Celsius; dew point 23 degrees Celsius; altimeter 29.89 inches of mercury.

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