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N4015P accident description

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Crash location 32.448055°N, 89.701111°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Morton, MS
32.353756°N, 89.654517°W
7.1 miles away
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Tail number N4015P
Accident date 17 Aug 2008
Aircraft type Ayres S2R-T15
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On August 17, 2008, at 1305 central daylight time, an Ayres, S2R-T15, N4015P, incurred substantial damage when it collided with trees while approaching an application area in Morton, Mississippi. The pilot was killed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The airplane was operated by Cochran Flying Service, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application.

The pilot had made several applications earlier in the day. He returned back to the private airstrip in Canton, Mississippi, to refuel the airplane and load the 120 gallons of pesticide for the next scheduled application of the day. The pilot departed about 1245 for the intended crop. A family member was concerned when the pilot did not return by the expected time. The crop owner reported that he never saw the airplane and there was no indication that the crop was sprayed. The local authorities were notified and a search for the airplane was initiated.

The airplane was located that evening about ¼ mile north of the intended crop. It was on a south heading when it collided into the trees. The airplane's propeller cut several trees and branches during its descent. The airplane separated into several sections during the collision sequence before coming to rest on the ground.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with airplane single engine and multi engine land ratings. He was issued a second-class medical certificate in March of 2008, with a limitation of must wear corrective lenses. The pilot reported 19,000 flight hours at the time of the medical. The pilot held an airframe and powerplant rating with an inspection authorization.

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