Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Rockwell International S-2R, N8468V: Accident occurred August 14, 2012 in Royal City, Washington

NTSB Identification: WPR12LA356 
 14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 14, 2012 in Royal City, WA
Aircraft: ROCKWELL S2R, registration: N8468V
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

On August 14, 2012, about 0620 Pacific daylight time, a Rockwell International S-2R, N8468V, collided with a ditch during an off-airport forced landing following a loss of engine power during an aerial application flight near Royal City, Washington. The certified commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was substantially damaged as a result of a post impact fire. The airplane was registered to Royal Flying Service, Inc., and operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. The local flight originated from a private airstrip about 2 minutes prior to the accident.

In a telephone interview with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge (IIC), the pilot reported that just after taking off with 325 gallons of liquid fungicide, he detected a rough running engine. The pilot stated that not being able to maintain altitude and in order to clear a set of wires in front of him, he dumped the load, cleared the wires, and then attempted to land on a paved road. Subsequent to touching down the airplane veered off of the road and into a ditch, where it caught fire and was consumed.

The wreckage was recovered to a secured storage facility for further investigation.

  Regis#: 8468V        Make/Model: S2R       Description: AYRES/ROCKWELL S-2R THRUSH
  Date: 08/14/2012     Time: 1320

  Event Type: Accident   Highest Injury: None     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: Substantial

  City: ROYAL CITY   State: WA   Country: US


INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   0
                 # Crew:   1     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Pass:   0     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    

  Activity: Aerial Application      Phase: Landing      Operation: OTHER

  FAA FSDO: SPOKANE, WA  (NM13)                   Entry date: 08/15/2012



EPHRATA, Wash. -- Grant County officials say a small airplane made an emergency landing on Highway 26 on Tuesday morning. 

Officials say around 6:30 a.m. a small airplane from the Royal Flying Service made an emergency hard landing on Highway 26 near Dodson RD, Royal City.

The 27-year-old pilot, Jared Felder, told investigators shortly after take off the plane experienced power loss and engine sputter. Felder said he dumped his load of fertilizer in hopes of clearing power lines.

After clearing the lines Felder negotiated the plane to Highway 26 where he landed the plane. Felder said the plane skidded into south portion of the ditch.

Felder exited the plane and it caught fire soon after.

Numerous agencies responded to the scene.

The roadway was shut down for a brief time but was later re-opened.

Felder received no injuries and the investigation will be handled by the FAA.




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