Saturday, September 26, 2020

Rockwell International S-2R, N7900V: Accident occurred September 21, 2020 in Hamilton, Harris County, Georgia

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; Atlanta, Georgia

Location: Hamilton, GA
Accident Number: ERA20LA328
Date & Time: September 21, 2020, 11:25 Local
Registration: N7900V
Aircraft: Rockwell S2R
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:

On September 21, 2020, about 1125 eastern daylight time, a Rockwell S 2R airplane, N7900V, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Hamilton, Georgia. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 positioning flight.

According to the pilot, while enroute from Cross City Airport (CTY), Cross City, Florida to LaGrange Callaway Airport (LGC), Lagrange, Georgia, the engine “abruptly quit with no warning”. The pilot then established best glide speed, shut off the fuel selector, and landed in a clearing in a forest.

The pilot advised that before the flight he looked in the fuel tanks and noted that they were both 1/3rd full. He then topped off the fuel with 72 gallons of fuel “over the top of the wing” and visually double checked that the fuel was full after allowing for equalization. He then departed CTY about 0800. The engine “quit” 1 hour and 35 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes later.

Examination of the accident site and wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector, revealed that the airplane touched down on a magnetic heading of 030°, the right wing then struck the ground and hit a previously felled tree, and the airplane spun to the right. Both main landing gear then buckled under the fuselage and the airplane came to rest on a magnetic heading of 132°.

Further examination of the wreckage revealed substantial damage to the right wing leading edge, the right wing mid-structure, and the right wing spar. The fuselage skin also displayed wrinkling adjacent to the left wing flap, and the propeller displayed damage to all three propeller tips. There was no post impact fire, and the left wing and right wing fuel tanks were devoid of fuel.

The wreckage was retained by the NTSB for examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Rockwell
Registration: N7900V
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: CSG,394 ft msl
Observation Time: 11:51 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 16.4 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C /0°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 15 knots / 20 knots, 90°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.33 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Cross City, FL (CTY) 
Destination: Lagrange, GA (LGC)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 32.750019,-84.870796 (est)

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