Friday, March 03, 2017

Aero Commander S2R, Carson Flying Service Inc., N1755S: Accident occurred March 02, 2017 in Fairmont, Oklahoma

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Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Carson Flying Service Inc:

NTSB Identification: CEN17CA120
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Thursday, March 02, 2017 in Fairmont, OK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/15/2017
Aircraft: AERO COMMANDER S2R, registration: N1755S
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 stated that he was conducting spray operations to a pasture with power lines on its north border. As the pilot approached the pasture from the north on his fourth pass, he intended to descend after flying past the second of two cables. The pilot initiated a descent, but the airplane struck the second cable. The airplane subsequently impacted the ground and a postimpact fire ensued. Following the accident, the pilot stated that he misidentified the first cable as the second cable.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

The pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from a power line while conducting agricultural spray operations. 

ENID, Okla. — A Garber man survived the crash of the crop duster he was flying Thursday afternoon east of Enid.

Glen Walter Carson, 69, was admitted in stable condition to St. Mary's Regional Medical Center with head, hand and trunk injuries, according to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol report.

The crash happened at 3 p.m. one-half mile north of Longhorn Road and one-half mile west of 90th, about 3 miles south and 8 miles east of Enid. The plane went down in a private field.

According to the OHP report, Carson was flying a Aero Commander S2R aerial applicator, commonly referred to as a crop duster. He was spraying a field with a herbicide when he lost sight of the top static wire on a power pole. The plane hit the wire, causing it to go down, according to the report. The plane hit some trees, then hit the ground, traveling about 200 feet before it came to rest. 

Carson was able to crawl out of the wreckage and call for help before the plane caught fire and partially burned, according to the report.

The report lists Carson's condition as apparently normal and the cause of the accident at "pilot error."

Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles said the pilot was conscious and alert when first responders arrived.

Firefighters from Waukomis, Fairmont, Pioneer/Skeleton Creek and Douglas responded and put out the plane fire, which also sparked a grass fire. In addition to OHP, Garfield County Sheriff's Office, Garfield County Emergency Management and Life EMS responded to the accident.

Federal Aviation Administration was notified and also will investigate.


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