Friday, June 24, 2016

Thrush S2R-T65, Wilbur Ellis Co., N127PB: Accident occurred June 23, 2016 in Lazbuddie, Parmer County, Texas


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Lubbock FSDO-13

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA332
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Thursday, June 23, 2016 in Lazbuddie, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/12/2016
Aircraft: THRUSH AIRCRAFT INC S2R, registration: N127PB
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that on his first spray pass of a cornfield during an aerial application, he misjudged the distance of the airplane to a metering loop pole. The right wing of the airplane impacted the metering loop pole, which resulted in damage to the right wing. 

The pilot further reported that he decided to land to evaluate the damage and that the subsequent landing was uneventful. 

The pilot reported there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to avoid the metering loop pole during an aerial application.

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