Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Ayres S2R-600, N4013Y: Accident occurred July 20, 2019 in Brandt, Deuel County, South Dakota

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rapid City, South Dakota

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Brandt, SD
Accident Number: CEN19TA228
Date & Time: 07/20/2019, 2100 CDT
Registration: N4013Y
Aircraft: Ayres S2R 600
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Ferry 

On July 20, 2019, about 2100 central daylight time, an Ayers Corporation S2R-600, N4013Y, agricultural airplane impacted a sign and terrain 2 miles south of Brandt, South Dakota. The commercial pilot was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing. The airplane was registered to, and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a ferry flight. Twilight visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that was originating at the time of the accident.

The county sheriff reported he was contacted the morning of July 21, 2019, about an agricultural airplane in which the pilot was about to takeoff with wing damage. The sheriff responded to the location. On his arrival, the sheriff found the airplane had been towed onto a road. The pilot told the sheriff that the previous evening as it was getting dark, he was taking off from the road when the airplane's right wingtip struck a road sign causing the airplane to pivot off the road and into a field. The pilot told the sheriff that he did not have to report the accident to anyone, and it was his intention to takeoff from the road and fly the airplane back to his home airfield. The sheriff didn't think that was right and contacted the National Transportation Safety Board.

An examination of the airplane showed the front right wingtip and right outboard wing spar and stringers were crushed aft. An examination of the airplane by an Airframe and Powerplants mechanic tasked by the Federal Aviation Administration revealed no preimpact anomalies that would have contributed to the accident.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Ayres
Registration: N4013Y
Model/Series: S2R 600 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Barlow Kirk A
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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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: 44.630278, -96.621944 (est)

Deuel County Sheriff's Office

On July 21, 2019 at approx 09:40am the Deuel County Sheriff’s was informed of a incident involving a crop duster that occurred on July 20, 2019 approx 9pm. 

The crop duster was attempting to take off on 479th Ave south of Brandt. 

During the take off the crop duster hit a road sign with the wing, and went into a field.

The crop duster received damage to the wing tip. 

Nobody was injured in the incident. 

Deuel County Sheriffs Office and Deuel County Emergency Management responded to the incident and made proper notification to the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board. 

The company had permission from the Deuel County Commissioners to take off and land on 479th Ave with procedures for traffic control. This permit has now been revoked.

Deuel County Sheriff's Office

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