I was just waiting for this. I've probably flown into this airport at least 1,000 times (no exaggeration) to pick up or drop off my boss when going to and from points west. It's 35 nms west of our base in KLFT with heavy crop-duster traffic not using radios, who pretty much land and takeoff wherever they choose, regardless of the active runway. Nothing against crop-dusters, but you have crossing runways here. Vigilance is the key. You basically enter a near-miss festival every time entering the pattern during crop-duster season. I've done more go-arounds here than anywhere.
BTW, this is a non-towered airport (3R7). Funny, but Airnav.com lists this place as having only 72 operations per day. Yeah, maybe before 8 am! Maybe it's the seasonal average.
Anyway, this accident could have been much worse.
Planes collide at Jennings Airport
JENNINGS (AP) - A crop-duster and a Cessna 150 collided as both tried to land at the Jennings Airport, but both pilots escaped injury, authorities said.
Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff Ricky Edwards said the accident occurred when an Ag-Cat crop-duster piloted by E.L. Louviere of Welsh and a Cessna 150 piloted by Chuck Grammer of Leland, Miss., were both approaching the airport from the north to make a landing in a grassy area.
The Cessna had been inspecting pipelines in the area, while the crop-duster was coming in to reload his plane, Edwards said.
''It looks like one didn't see the other,'' Edwards said.
The crop-duster biplane landed on top of the Cessna.
''There were no flames or injuries in the crash,'' Edwards said.
''God was with both of these pilots, because they walked away unscratched.''
Less than three feet separated the crop-duster's propeller from the Cessna's windshield.
Lisa Jacomet saw the planes crash as she relaxed at the nearby Comfort Inn swimming pool with her two grandchildren.
''I was watching the two planes come in when the yellow (crop-duster) came right down on top of the smaller plane,'' she said. ''My grandkids were afraid because they didn't know what had happened.''
Jacomet said she heard a loud crashing sound as the two planes collided, then fell to the ground. Witnesses told authorities the planes were about 110 feet in the air just before they landed.
''It was very frightening,'' she said. ''I was expecting an explosion.''
The accident remains under investigation by the Jennings Police Department and the Federal Aviation Administration.