Monday, June 6, 2016

Rockwell S-2R Thrush Commander, Faunce Ag Aviation, N4191X: Fatal accident occurred June 06, 2016 in De Smet, Benewah County, Idaho

Kathryn's Report:

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Spokane FSDO-13

NTSB Identification: WPR16FA120
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Monday, June 06, 2016 in De Smet, ID
Aircraft: ROCKWELL S2R, registration: N4191X
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On June 6, 2016, about 0745 Pacific daylight time, a Rockwell International S-2R, restricted category agricultural airplane, N4191X, was substantially damaged follow a collision with powerlines and subsequent impact with trees while engaged in aerial application about 3 nautical miles west of De Smet, Idaho. The airplane was owned and operated by Faunce Ag Aviation Inc., Tekoa, Washington. The commercial pilot, who was the sole occupant of the airplane, sustained fatal injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was being operated in accordance 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137, and a flight plan was not filed. The flight departed a private airstrip near Tekoa at an undetermined time. 

According to a witness whose residence is located about 800 feet east of the accident site, she was watching the pilot spray the field located immediately north and across the road from her house. The witness stated that he observed the airplane banking and coming around for its next pass on the south side of the field to the east, which was bordered by powerlines. The witness reported that shortly thereafter she observed downed powerlines, followed by the sound of the airplane's impact with terrain. The witness revealed that she did not actually see the airplane collide with the wires.

A National Transportation Safety Board aviation accident investigator arrived at the accident site about 1845 on the day of the event. The investigator's initial assessment of the accident site revealed that the airplane had collided with a four-strand set of powerlines, which ran parallel and bordered the south side of the field that was being sprayed. It was further revealed that subsequent to colliding with the powerlines while heading east, the airplane then impacted various trees on the south side of the road that ran parallel to the powerlines on a heading of about 140 degrees. As a result of the collision with the trees and impact forces, the airplane came to rest partially on its left side on a heading of about 320 degrees, and about 300 feet south of the powerlines. There was no postcrash fire. 

The airplane was recovered to a secured location for further examination.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email,  and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email

TENSED, Idaho -  The Benewah County Sheriff confirms a crop duster pilot was killed Monday morning when his plane went down near Tensed, Idaho.

Sheriff Dave Resser says the pilot was spraying near Desmet Road at 7:45 Monday morning when he failed to pull up in time and hit power lines.

Those lines are now covering part of Desmet Road and crews are working to clear the road and get traffic moving in the area again.

The FAA is on the way to the scene.

The pilot who was killed is Greg Faunce, a longtime agricultural pilot in the area. He was also once the Tekoa Fire Chief.

Faunce leaves behind a wife, three daughters and numerous grandchildren.

Original article can be found here:

DE SMET, Idaho – The Benewah County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a man is dead following a crop dusting plane crash in De Smet on Monday morning.

According to officials, the pilot was spraying when he approached power lines and was unable to move out of the way. His plane got snagged in the lines and wound up in nearby trees.

The pilot, who has not yet been identified, was thrown from the plane and died at the scene. The crash happened around 7:45 a.m. on De Smet Road about 2.5 miles outside of town.

The FAA will be sending investigators to the scene.

Original article can be found here:

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