Friday, July 24, 2020

Ayres S-2R-R1340 Turbo Thrush, N3104S: Accident occurred July 12, 2020 near Keokuk Municipal Airport (KEOK), Lee County, Iowa

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 Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Iowa (and) Minneapolis, Minnesota
Ayres Thrush 

Location: Keokuk, IA
Accident Number: CEN20LA276
Date & Time: 07/12/2020, 1110 CDT
Registration: N3104S
Aircraft: Rockwell S2R R1340
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Ferry

On July 12, 2020, about 1110 central daylight time, a Rockwell Thrush S2R, N3104S, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Keokuk, Iowa. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was being operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 ferry flight.

The agricultural airplane had just completed major repairs at a certified repair facility in Hayti, Missouri. Part of the repairs included the removal and reinstallation of both wings. The intent of the flight was to ferry the airplane cross-country from Hayti to its home base in Vinton, Iowa, with a planned fuel stop in Keokuk, Iowa. According to the pilot, he had topped off the airplane with 197 gallons of fuel prior to departure from Hayti. The pilot stated that after an uneventful enroute flight, he was flying about 1,500 -1,800 ft above ground level on a straight-in approach to runway 32 at Keokuk when there was an engine temperature surge and then a decrease. The engine stopped running and the pilot attempted restart procedures. The pilot assessed that he was not going to make it to the airport, which was about 3-4 miles away, and decided to land the airplane in a field. During the landing, the airplane sustained substantial damage. The pilot exited the airplane uninjured and emergency personnel arrived to assist.

Examination of the airplane after the accident revealed that a fuel vent line in the right wing was creased across a structural beam. The creased fuel vent was not consistent with impact damage, and restricted air from entering the fuel tank. Further examination of the vent line revealed that the installation right wing's vent line was not correct and the left wing's vent was installed properly.

Figure 1. Creased Fuel Vent Right Wing

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Rockwell
Registration: N3104S
Model/Series: S2R R1340 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Wayson Air
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: , 869 ft msl
Observation Time: 1252 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 50 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4600 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 360°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Hayti, MO (M28)
Destination: Vinton, IA (VTI)

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: 40.442778, -91.424167 (est)

A small plane landed on the golf course at the Keokuk Elk’s Club on Sunday after apparently having engine troubles.

Several 911 calls were reported to the Keokuk Police Department and Lee County Sheriff’s Office at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday saying a plane had gone down somewhere near Lincoln Avenue.

It was soon reported that the plane was near hole 4 on the golf course. The dispatcher reported witnesses calling 911 said it appeared the pilot was out of the plane and was OK, though reports were not yet available to confirm that.

The Keokuk police, Keokuk Fire Department and Lee County EMS responded to the scene, driving out onto the course to get close to the aircraft.

Two witnesses saw the plane fly over them at about 10th and Bank streets and said it sounded like the engine of the plane was cutting out. When it passed over them, the engine sounded like it shut off completely and it looked like the plane was going to have to find a place to land.

The FAA was contacted shortly after noon and the administration told local law enforcement that they would have someone in the area as soon as possible.

KEOKUK, Iowa (WGEM) — A plane was forced to make an emergency landing at a southeast Iowa golf course on Sunday.

The plane landed on the Elks Fairview Golf Course in Keokuk shorty before 11:30 a.m.

Keokuk Police said Patrick Jones, of Australia was test flying a crop-dusting aircraft from Hayti, Missouri, to Vinton, Iowa.

Jones had planned to stop at the Keokuk Municipal Airport, but experienced engine trouble and as forced to land on the golf course.

No injuries were reported.

The matter is still under investigation by the Keokuk Police Department and the Federal Aviation Administration.

1 comment:

  1. I find it hilarious the guys are still playing through. Don't mind the course obstacle and emergency vehicles on Hole #4 that happens to be a crashed turboprop crop duster! This is Caddyshack material. Only missing Al, Ty, Judge Smails, Carl, and The Gopher!