Friday, June 19, 2020

Low Altitude Operation/Event: Ayres S2R-T34 Thrush, N40226; accident occurred June 12, 2020 in Lenore, Nez Perce County, Idaho

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena, Montana

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Lenore, ID

Accident Number: WPR20CA179
Date & Time: 06/12/2020, 1500 PDT
Registration: N40226
Aircraft: Ayres S2R
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Defining Event: Low altitude operation/event
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

The pilot reported that prior to conducting an aerial application on a field, he circled the field twice to look for obstacles. As he completed his first aerial application pass, he observed power lines that he did not previously see. Too close to climb above them, the pilot chose to fly underneath the power lines. The airplane subsequently struck a guy wire and impacted terrain. The fuselage and wings were substantially damaged. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 55, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Center
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
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: 07/09/2019
Occupational Pilot:Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/26/2018
Flight Time:  9693 hours (Total, all aircraft), 4000 hours (Total, this make and model), 9693 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 395 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 326 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 12 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Ayres
Registration: N40226
Model/Series: S2R T34
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:1981 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted
Serial Number: T34-046DC
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: PT6-34AG
Registered Owner: CJ Air LLC
Rated Power: 750 hp
Operator: CJ Air LLC
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: KLWS, 1436 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 21 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2056 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 257°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.84 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Craigmont, ID (S89)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Craigmont, ID (S89)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1345 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion:None 
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  46.454722, -116.524167 (est)

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