Loss of control Accident Rockwell S-2R Thrush Commander N4952X, 28 Jun 2016
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 218683
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SS2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Rockwell S-2R Thrush Commander
Owner/operator:Farm Aviation
Registration: N4952X
MSN: 2160R
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Brawley, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Brawley, CA (BWC)
Destination airport:Brawley, CA (BWC)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The commercial pilot was departing on an agricultural application flight. After climbing to between 100 and 125 ft above ground level, he reduced engine power in order not to exceed red line. Soon after, the airplane stopped climbing and began to descend. Unable to maintain altitude, the pilot initiated a forced landing, during which the right wing impacted terrain and the landing gear collapsed.
A postaccident examination revealed no preimpact anomalies with the engine or airplane systems that would have precluded normal operation. A weight and balance calculation determined that the airplane was operating within its weight and balance limitations at the time of the accident. The reason for the airplane’s inability to climb could not be determined based on the available information.

Probable Cause: The airplane’s inability to climb and subsequent impact with terrain for reasons that could not be determined based on the available information.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 5 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

28-Nov-2018 14:44 ASN Update Bot Added

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