Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Ayres S-2R-G1 Turbo Thrush, N2245S: Accidents occurred May 09, 2020 and September 24, 2018 at Imperial County Airport (KIPL), California

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.

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California

Location: Imperial, CA
Accident Number: WPR20LA172
Date & Time: May 9, 2020, 12:10 Local
Registration: N2245S
Aircraft: Ayres S2R
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

On May 9, 2020 about 1210 Pacific daylight time, an Ayres Corporation S2R-G1 airplane, N2245S, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at the Imperial County Airport (IPL), Imperial, California. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight.

The pilot reported that he had completed 8 crop-dusting application loads and a rinse-load before returning back to the home base of IPL. During the approach to runway 32, he entered the airport traffic pattern at a 45° right base entry and stated that everything was normal up to this point. Shortly after crossing the runway threshold, the airplane touched down on the runway. The pilot reported that the airplane made an immediate turn to the left. He applied pressure to the right rudder pedal and right brake to counteract, and the airplane started to straighten out. Shortly after he felt that the right brake was not working and the airplane again made an immediate turn to the left. The pilot recounted that "the airplane got away from me and I knew that it was going to get out of the runway." The pilot then reported that after exiting the runway the left wing tip impacted the ground and the airplane spun to the right, collapsing the left landing gear.

Examination of the accident site revealed that the left main landing gear was collapsed, and the left wing was substantially damaged.

The examination of the right brake assembly revealed that the brake assembly was intact and undamaged, and the right brake reservoir was empty.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Ayres 
Registration: N2245S
Model/Series: S2R 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural aircraft (137)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KIPL,-58 ft msl
Observation Time: 18:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 34°C /16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.81 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Imperial, CA (NA)
Destination: Imperial, CA (NA )

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 32.830554,-115.572502 

September 24, 2018: Aircraft crashed while landing.

Date: 24-SEP-18
Time: 18:10:00Z
Regis#: N2245S
Aircraft Make: AYRES
Aircraft Model: S2R G1
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 137

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