Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thrush S2R-H80, N6216K: Incident occurred September 28, 2020 near Donalsonville Municipal Airport (17J), Seminole 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: 
GE Aviation; Evendale, Ohio

Location: Donalsonville, GA
Incident Number: ENG20LA046
Date & Time: September 28, 2020, 16:30 Local 
Registration: N6216K
Aircraft: Thrush S2R-H80 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:

On September 28, 2020, about 1630 eastern daylight time (EDT), a Thrush S2R-H80, N6216K, was involved in an incident approximately 7 miles northwest of Donalsonville Municipal Airport (17J), Donalsonville, Georgia. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight.

According to the pilot, he departed 17J at 1600 EDT with 350 gallons of pesticide to spray peanut fields. While maneuvering to re-enter a field, he reported that the “engine came apart” and he force landed the airplane in the peanut field. During landing, the landing gear sunk into the wet field and the airplane nosed over. The pilot reported that there was no damage to the airframe, but he observed a hole in the turbine engine case and nacelle consistent with an uncontained engine failure and propeller blade damage.

The airplane was recovered, and the engine was removed and shipped to the manufacturer for examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Thrush 
Registration: N6216K
Model/Series: S2R-H80 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural aircraft (137)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Departure Point: Donalsonville, GA (17J)
Destination: Donalsonville, GA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Minor
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 31.03683,-84.88002 (est)


  1. Engine: GE AV H80-100 (Turbo-prop)
    Horsepower: 800
    Hours – 3,600
    Cycles – 6,600
    Basic Warranty
    (whichever occurs first)
    Hours – 1,000
    Cycles – 1,100
    Months – 24

  2. I have to say, my hat goes off to those crop dusters. That's a job I just don't think I could do. On this thanksgiving day I'm thankful for all those out there that step up and get the job done for the rest of us. Dr's, Nurses, Police & Fire workers, mail people, rescue workers and the list goes on and on. I can't list them all but they should know they hold a special place in my heart. We live in the best damn country in the whole damn world and I don't give two s**t when the news people say otherwise!!!

    1. Thank for taking the time to post this, it warms my heart good sir. I absolutely agree. Happy Thanksgiving to all.


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