FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA San Diego FSDO-09
NTSB Identification: WPR16LA137
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 28, 2016 in Brawley, CA
Aircraft: ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL S 2R, registration: N4952X
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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On June 28, 2016, about 2115 Pacific daylight time, a Rockwell International S-2R, single engine, tailwheel-equipped, agricultural airplane, N4952X, sustained substantial damage after impact with terrain shortly after takeoff from Brawley Municipal Airport (BWC), Brawley, California. The airplane was registered to the Bank of Utah, and operated by Farm Aviation, Inc., Brawley. The commercial pilot, who was the sole occupant of the airplane, was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a flight plan was not filed for the 14 code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight.
The pilot reported that the departure and climbout was normal. About 1/4 mile past the departure end of the runway the pilot pushed the nose over to gain airspeed and adjusted the flaps. As he increased engine power the airplane started descending. He initiated a forced landing that involved a right turn due to wires and a road directly ahead. During the landing the right wing impacted terrain and the landing gear collapsed. The airplane began sliding on its fuselage, spinning to the right, before coming to rest in a northerly direction.
An onsite examination of the airplane, which was conducted by a representative from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), revealed that the right wing was buckled near the mid-section, and the landing gear was crushed underneath the wings. The propeller blades had impact damage consistent with engine power during impact with the ground. The fuel system was intact and no fuel leaks were noted. The airplane departed with 350 gallons of chemicals in the hopper and had about 65 gallons of fuel on takeoff.
According to the owner, the engine monitoring system revealed that the engine was producing power throughout the accident sequence.