Sunday, May 05, 2019

Landing Area Undershoot: Ayres S2R-R1340, N3098L, accident occurred July 01, 2018 at Donald's Air Park Inc (7NC), Pantego, Beaufort County, North Carolina

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Pantego, NC

Accident Number: GAA18CA410
Date & Time: 07/01/2018, 0930 EDT
Registration: N3098L
Aircraft: AYRES S2R
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing area undershoot
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural


According to the owner of the agricultural application airplane, the commercial pilot was performing a simulated agricultural application flight with about 70 gallons of water in the hopper. After spraying water on the fields next to the private runway, during landing, the airplane touched down short of the runway. The main landing gear (MLG) struck a ditch, and the right MLG separated. 

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the lower fuselage. 

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The owner added that, before the flight, the pilot had accumulated 0.3 hour of total flight experience in the airplane.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain the proper approach path during landing, which resulted in landing short of the runway. 


Descent/approach/glide path - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)
Total experience - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing area undershoot (Defining event)

Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)
Part(s) separation from AC

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial; Private
Age: 43, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/26/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/09/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 615 hours (Total, all aircraft), 0.3 hours (Total, this make and model), 450 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 30 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AYRES
Registration: N3098L
Model/Series: S2R 15
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1990
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Other; Restricted
Serial Number: R1340-021
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 6000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
Engine Model/Series: PT6-27
Registered Owner: Lee Flying Service Inc
Rated Power: 680 hp
Operator: Lee Flying Service Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KOCW, 38 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1315 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 260°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 280°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 24°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Pantego, NC
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Pantego, NC
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0910 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 35.607500, -76.778333 (est)

1 comment:

  1. Glad he wasn't injured.

    At least he found out early on that he wasn't cut out for it.