Fuel exhaustion Accident Rockwell S-2R Thrush Commander N5596X, 18 May 2006
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 292325
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Time:09:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic SS2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Rockwell S-2R Thrush Commander
Owner/operator:Croom Aviation
Registration: N5596X
MSN: 5095R
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Perry, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Perry, FL (40J)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The commercial certificated pilot was conducting agricultural spraying under Title 14, CFR Part 137, in a turbine-powered airplane, and had been refueling throughout the day at a local airport. The pilot reported that he and his ground crew kept a log of spray loads, flight time, and the quantity of fuel that was added upon each return to the airport. The pilot indicated that each refueling usually required about 70 gallons, and the airplane's fuel capacity was 104 gallons. He said that while spraying over an area of pine trees about 800 feet above ground level (agl), the engine lost power. He made a forced landing in an area of cut trees, and the airplane received structural damage to the landing gear, fuselage, and wings. The pilot said that after the accident, he inspected the fuel tanks and found them dry. The operator reported that their examination of the airplane after the accident did not reveal any mechanical malfunction.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to refuel the airplane before fuel exhaustion, which resulted in a loss of engine power while maneuvering, and a subsequent forced landing and collision with trees.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

7 Aug 2012 N5596X Bluestem Aerial Sprayers Llc 0 Sandbar 5 miles NE Ponca City, OK sub
Wire strike.


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08-Oct-2022 17:21 ASN Update Bot Added

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