NTSB: Pilot At Fault For 2006 NM Crop Duster Accident | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 07.20.15

Airborne 07.21.15

Airborne 07.22.15

Airborne 07.23.15

Airborne 07.24.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 07.20.15

Airborne 07.21.15

Airborne 07.22.15

Airborne 07.23.15

Airborne 07.24.15

EAA/ANN AirVenture Innovation Preview

AIP-#1 Vimeo

AIP-#2 Vimeo

AIP-Part 1 YouTube

AIP-Part 2 YouTube

Sat, Jun 30, 2007

NTSB: Pilot At Fault For 2006 NM Crop Duster Accident

Report Says Low Speed, Inadvertent Stall Were Contributing Factors

The National Transportation Safety Board issued its probable cause report Wednesday indicating pilot error was to blame in a fatal agricultural aircraft accident near Deming, NM in November of 2006.

Pilot John Obe Burrell, 65, of Winnie, TX was killed when his 1992 Air Tractor AT-502A went down in clear weather about 10 miles northwest of the Deming Municipal Airport during a dry chemical application to a rancher's field, according to the Associated Press.

The NTSB probable cause report attributed the accident to, "The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control while maneuvering resulting in an inadvertent stall and impact with terrain. A contributing factor was the low airspeed."

Investigators said the examination revealed no problems with the airplane or its engine.

Burrell had started a dry chemical application near the top of a ridge and flew down field on his first pass, according to the report. The pilot and rancher discussed the terrain and application flight paths via hand-held radios and a subsequent upslope application was also completed successfully.

The rancher said he then saw the airplane climb about 500 feet over a gap between two 6,300-foot ridges and turn back to the field when Burrell said he was "in a bind and was going to crash."

The rancher then saw the airplane "pitch over abruptly and enter a tight spin." The airplane made three turns before impact, according to the report.

Burrell had 27,000 hours of flight time with 5,000 in type.

FMI: www.ntsb.gov

Advertisement

More News

Airborne At OSH15 Day 4 Redux: FAA Says Little, Sun Flyer, 'That's All, Brother'

Also: Jack Pelton Interview - Part 4, Trig Avionics Update, 3rd Class Medical, Part 23 Re-Write, UAVs... FAA Administrator Michael Huerta made his annual speech at AirVenture today>[...]

Debris Found In Indian Ocean Raises Speculation About MH370

Parts Appear To Be Consistent With A B777 Debris that could be from a Boeing 777 has been found off the coast of Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, raising speculation that it cou>[...]

AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2015-15-11 PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model 747-100B, 747-100B SUD, 747-200B, 747-200C, 747-200F, 747-300, 747-400, 747-400D, 747-400F, 747SR, and 747SP series airplanes.>[...]

AD: Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2015-15-07 PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC-8-400 series airplanes.>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.30.15)

Establishing A Flying Club Just back from Oshkosh and jazzed to start your own Flying Club? Here's advice on how to get started from EAA.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC