Thursday, February 11, 2021

Aero Commander S2R, N5679X: Accident occurred February 09, 2021 near Mid-Valley Dusters Inc Airport (43TX), Alamo, Hidalgo County, Texas

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 Antonio, Texas Location: Alamo, TX
Accident Number: CEN21LA133
Date & Time: February 9, 2021, 17:35 Local
Registration: N5679X
Aircraft: Aero Commander S2R 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

On February 9, 2021, about 1735 central standard time, an Aero Commander S2R airplane, N5679X, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Alamo, Texas. 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 stated that after takeoff from Mid-Valley Dusters Inc. Airport (43TX), he noticed an abnormal sound from the engine. Concerned with obstacles farther along the departure path, he elected to make an immediate forced landing, during which the left wing was damaged after impact with small trees. The airplane has been retained for examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Aero Commander
Registration: N5679X
Model/Series: S2R
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
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: KMFE,100 ft msl 
Observation Time: 17:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C /19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 80°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4800 ft AGL
Visibility: 7 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Alamo, TX (43TX)
Destination: Alamo, TX

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 26.153131,-98.135008 

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