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Tail numberN5013C
Accident dateJanuary 02, 2009
Aircraft typeAir Tractor Inc AT-602
LocationPhiladelphia, MS
Near 32.829445 N, -88.953056 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On January 2, 2009, about 1200 central standard time, an Air Tractor AT-602, N5013C, registered to and operated by Quinn Aviation, Inc., collided with trees then the ground near Philadelphia, Mississippi. As reported by the pilot, instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 business flight from Mac Crenshaw Memorial Airport (PRN), Greenville, Alabama, to Cleveland Municipal Airport (RNV), Cleveland, Mississippi. The airplane was substantially damaged and the certificated commercial pilot, the sole occupant was killed. The flight originated about 1120, from PRN.

There was no contact with any FAA air traffic control (ATC) facility during the accident flight. A pilot who departed the same airport as the accident pilot, and who was en route to the same fuel stop destination, stated that he believed the accident pilot departed PRN at approximately 1120, which was approximately 20 minutes after he had departed. Records obtained by search and rescue personnel indicate that at 1144, the accident pilot sent a text message to the pilot that had departed 20 minutes earlier advising that he was 235 statute miles from Cleveland, Mississippi. At 1147, the accident pilot sent another text message to the pilot advising that he was 200 statute miles from Cleveland, Mississippi. At 1154, the pilot that departed 20 minutes earlier sent a text message to the accident pilot that he was going to Meridian, Mississippi. At 1155, the accident pilot sent a text message to his brother that he was on the way home and dodging weather. At 1157, the pilot who had departed 20 minutes earlier than the accident pilot sent a text message to the accident pilot questioning how is the weather, to which the accident pilot replied, "can't see." At 1201, the pilot who had departed 20 minutes earlier sent a text message to the accident pilot asking how far he was from Cleveland, Mississippi. The accident pilot did not respond. The pilot who had departed 20 minutes earlier reported to the National Transportation Safety Board that he performed a precautionary landing in a field between Liberty and Moscow, Mississippi. He indicated that adverse weather conditions precluded further flight to the planned destination airport.

A search for the airplane was initiated by Mississippi and Alabama wings of the civil air patrol (CAP) on January 2, 2009, at 2319 and 2324, respectively. In addition, a search by several Mississippi county law enforcement agencies occurred. The wreckage was located on January 5, 2009, at approximately 1654.

According to law enforcement personnel, the main wreckage came to rest at the end of an approximately 70 yard ground scar. The airplane was substantially damaged by impact and postcrash fire.

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