Monday, May 8, 2017

Thrush S2R-H80, N3045R: Accident occurred May 05, 2017 in Gypsum, Saline County, Kansas

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas 
General Electric; Evendale, Ohio
Thrush Aircraft, Inc.; Albany, Georgia 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  

Central Ag Air LLC:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA176
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Friday, May 05, 2017 in Gypsum, KS
Aircraft: THRUSH AIRCRAFT INC S2R-H80, registration: N3045R
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. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On May 5, 2017, about 1500 central daylight time, a Thrush Aircraft Inc. S2R-H80 airplane, N3045R, impacted terrain during a forced landing near Gypsum, Kansas, following a loss of engine power. The commercial pilot was uninjured. The airplane sustained substantial fuselage damage during the forced landing. The airplane was registered to and operated by Central Ag Air LLC as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations 137 aerial application flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from a private airstrip at time unknown.

According to preliminary information, the pilot reported that the engine did not produce full power when the throttle was applied during an aerial application maneuver. The airplane was unable to maintain altitude and the pilot subsequently performed a forced landing where the airplane sustained the substantial damage.

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