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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 240483
Last updated: 26 August 2020
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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:Slater's Spray Service
Registration: N1662S
C/n / msn: 1835R
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Harlan, IA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Harlan Municipal Airport, IA (KHNR)
Destination airport:Harlan Municipal Airport, IA (KHNR)
Investigating agency: NTSB
On July 20, 2020, at 1600 central daylight time, a Rockwell S-2R Thrush Commander, N1662S, received substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Harlan, Iowa. The commercial pilot was uninjured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight.
The pilot stated that during a spray pass he felt the airplane yaw abruptly left and remained in an uncontrollable left yaw for about 10-15 seconds and at times pitching uncontrollably downward. The top 2/3 of the rudder had separated but remained attached. When the top portion of the rudder completely separated, the pilot regained control of the airplane and landed without further incident.
The separated portion of the rudder was not recovered. The top rudder hinge had fractured through and had brown colored features consistent with corrosion. The remaining portion of the rudder and stabilizer was retained for metallurgical examination.



Revision history:

26-Aug-2020 08:40 ASN Update Bot Added
26-Aug-2020 09:35 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport]
26-Aug-2020 11:07 harro Updated [Narrative]

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