Accident Rockwell S-2R Thrush Commander VH-JAY, 18 Oct 2013
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 161521
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Time:c. 15:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic SS2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Rockwell S-2R Thrush Commander
Owner/operator:Westside Aerial Services Pty Ltd
Registration: VH-JAY
MSN: 2264R
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Hyden, WA -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On 18 October 2013, the pilot of an Ayres Corporation S2R Thrush, registered VH-JAY, was conducting aerial agricultural spraying activities on a property near Hyden, Western Australia. At about 1330, following the completion of a number of spray runs and a break for lunch, the pilot departed to complete further spraying. Following the failure of the aircraft to return, a search was initiated. The aircraft wreckage was found a short time later about 1,700 m from the departure airstrip. The aircraft was destroyed and the pilot was fatally injured.

The ATSB found that the aircraft departed controlled flight from which the pilot was unable to recover, leading to the collision with terrain. On the basis of the available evidence, it was not possible to determine the reasons for the loss of control.

The ATSB identified two aspects of the aircraft’s operation which had the potential to adversely affect safety. These were the use of an unapproved fuel mix and operation of the aircraft above its published maximum take-off weight.



Photo(c): ATSB

Revision history:

18-Oct-2013 22:34 Geno Added
21-Oct-2013 21:41 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Damage, Narrative]
22-Oct-2013 03:56 Cedric3204 Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
07-Mar-2022 21:07 Captain Adam Updated [Location, Source, Damage, Narrative, Photo]

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