Wirestrike Accident Ayres S-2R-600 Thrush N3003N, 25 Aug 2016
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 198623
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SS2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Ayres S-2R-600 Thrush
Registration: N3003N
MSN: 2584R
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Cordele, GA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Cordele, GA
Destination airport:Cordele, GA
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
According to the pilot, he was maneuvering at low altitude, while performing an agricultural aerial application flight. He reported that he decided to fly underneath power lines and misjudged the height of the lines in relation to the airplane. He recalled that the airplane’s vertical stabilizer and rudder struck the power lines. He landed the airplane in a field and the landing gear collapsed. The vertical stabilizer, rudder, left wing and fuselage sustained substantial damage.
The Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Safety Inspector that interviewed the pilot shortly after the accident, reported that the pilot stated that the sun was in his eyes as he passed under the power lines. He reported that the pilot did not immediately execute a precautionary landing after striking the lines; instead he made one more spray pass.
The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies during the flight that would have prevented normal flight operations.
During the course of the investigation, the NTSB Investigator-in-charge attempted to contact the pilot on multiple occasions to no avail. The pilot did not submit an NTSB Form 6120.1.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from power lines during an agricultural application flight while flying toward the sun.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

19-Aug-2017 13:34 ASN Update Bot Added

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