Accident Aero Commander S2R N8822Q, 18 Sep 2004
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 294488
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Time:01:47 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic SS2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Aero Commander S2R
Owner/operator:Vance Aircraft Salvage
Registration: N8822Q
MSN: 1522R
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Firebaugh, California -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Firebaugh, CA
Destination airport:Firebaugh, CA
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The airplane collided with high-tension wires while the pilot was performing an aerial application pass over crops. As the pilot was applying agriculture spray to the fields below, he maneuvered the airplane underneath the high-tension wires in the area. After finishing a field, he configured the airplane in a climb, and the airplane collided with the high-tension wires. The engine experienced a loss of power and the pilot made a forced landing in an almond orchard. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane.

Probable Cause: the failure of the pilot to maintain clearance from high tension wires in dark night conditions. The reason for the loss of engine power after the wire collision was not determined.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

5 Aug 2002 N8822Q Vance Aircraft Salvage Inc. 0 Los Banos, California sub


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