Thursday, May 12, 2022

Thrush S2R-H80, N510KK: Accident occurred May 12, 2022 near Aurora State Airport (KUAO), Marion County, Oregon






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; Kansas City, Missouri

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Aurora, Missouri
Accident Number: CEN22LA200
Date and Time: May 12, 2022, 10:50 Local
Registration: N510KK
Aircraft: THRUSH AIRCRAFT INC S2R-H80
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: THRUSH AIRCRAFT INC 
Registration: N510KK
Model/Series: S2R-H80 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: 
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: KHFJ,1316 ft msl
Observation Time: 10:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C /20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / 14 knots, 200°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 36.950024,-93.700218 (est)

Aircraft struck a powerline and crashed in a field.

Date: 12-MAY-22
Time: 15:47:00Z
Regis#: N510KK
Aircraft Make: THRUSH
Aircraft Model: S2R-H80
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: AERIAL APPLICATION
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
Operation: 137
City: AURORA
State: MISSOURI

 




AURORA, Missouri – The Aurora Police Department has confirmed a plane went down near the Aurora Airport at about 10:47 am on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

The pilot was the only person onboard the plane, according to the Aurora Rural Fire Protection District’s Facebook page.

The Aurora Fire Department says he was life-flighted to Mercy Hospital in Springfield for treatment.

An employee at the airport says that two ambulances, a fire truck, and several police vehicles were at the scene about half a mile south of the airstrip.

The Aurora Rural Fire Protection District says the plane hit power lines as it fell and crews from the electric company are working to repair the lines.

According to the City of Aurora Facebook Page, westbound traffic on Highway 60 is being redirected through town at the Business 60 and Highway 60 intersection on Church Street to Elliott Street.

Eastbound traffic was detoured at the Highway 39 and Highway 60 intersection through town to Elliott then Business 60 east on Church Street.

Us 60 has now been reopened.

According to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, the plane was owned by Kingsley’s, a company in Miller that specializes in crop dusting planes.

The plane’s owner said the pilot suffered a broken wrist, nose, and ribs.

Boeing 767-300, N651UA: Incident occurred May 10, 2022 in Lima, Peru

National Transportation Safety Board incident number: ENG22WA025

United Airlines Inc

Performing flight UA-855

https://registry.faa.gov/N651UA

Piper PA-28-160 Cherokee, N5546W: Incident occurred May 11, 2022 near Chandler Municipal Airport (KCHD), Maricopa County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed 5 miles short of the airport.  

Third Step 4 LLC


Date: 12-MAY-22
Time: 04:55:00Z
Regis#: N5546W
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: CHANDLER
State: ARIZONA

Game Composites GB1 GameBird, N321AR: Incident occurred May 11, 2022 in Bella Vista, Benton County, Arkansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed in a field.  

Aviation Explorers LLC


Date: 11-MAY-22
Time: 15:00:00Z
Regis#: N321AR
Aircraft Make: GAME COMPOSITES
Aircraft Model: GB1 GAMBIRD
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: BELLA VISTA
State: ARKANSAS

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N6407D: Incident occurred May 11, 2022 at Colorado Air and Space Port Airport (KCFO), Watkins, Adams County, Colorado

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aircraft landed and skidded into a sign.  

Walo Enterprises LLC


Date: 11-MAY-22
Time: 16:40:00Z
Regis#: N6407D
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: DENVER
State: COLORADO

Thrush S2R-H80 Turbo Thrush, N6216M: Incident occurred May 05, 2022 in Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Aircraft experienced engine issues and crashed in a wooded area. 

Dawson Brothers Spraying Inc


Date: 05-MAY-22
Time: 13:30:00Z
Regis#: N6216M
Aircraft Make: THRUSH
Aircraft Model: S2R-H80
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: AERIAL APPLICATION
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 137
City: HAWKINSVILLE
State: GEORGIA

Piper PA-18 Super Cub, N5421H: Incident occurred May 11, 2022 in Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana

Aircraft made a precautionary landing in a field. 


Date: 11-MAY-22
Time: 18:35:00Z
Regis#: N5421H
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA18
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: CRAWFORDSVILLE
State: INDIANA

Piper PA-22-150, N411RD: Incident occurred May 09, 2022 at Henderson/Oxford Airport (KHNZ), Granville County, North Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

Aircraft during landing, lost directional control and the left wingtip struck the runway.  


Date: 09-MAY-22
Time: 16:00:00Z
Regis#: N411RD
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA22
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: OXFORD
State: NORTH CAROLINA

Air Tractor AT-301, N31580: Accident occurred May 11, 2022 in Somerville, Fayette County, Tennessee

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Memphis, Tennessee

Aircraft crashed into a field, flipped over and caught on fire. 

Field & Farm Aviation LLC


Date: 11-MAY-22
Time: 23:57:00Z
Regis#: N31580
Aircraft Make: AIR TRACTOR
Aircraft Model: AT301
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: AERIAL APPLICATION
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
Operation: 137
City: SOMERVILLE
State: TENNESSEE

Lockwood Super Drifter, N265JH: Incident occurred May 11, 2022 in Gallatin, Sumner County, Tennessee

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

Aircraft landed on the water with the gear extended.  


Date: 11-MAY-22
Time: 16:45:00Z
Regis#: N265JH
Aircraft Make: LOCKWOOD AVIATION
Aircraft Model: SUPER DRIFTER
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: GALLATIN
State: TENNESSEE

Aero L-39C Albatros, N39KR: Incident occurred May 11, 2022 at Winchester Regional Airport (KOKV), Frederick County, Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Washington, District of Columbia

Aircraft landed short of the runway and struck runway lights.  

L39 JT LLC


Date: 11-MAY-22
Time:  16:30:00Z
Regis#: N39KR
Aircraft Make: AERO VODOCHODY
Aircraft Model: L39
Event Type:  INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase:  LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: WINCHESTER
State: VIRGINIA

Piper PA-24 Comanche, N8007P: Fatal accident occurred May 11, 2022 near Athens–Ben Epps Airport (KAHN), Clarke 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 traveled to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia
Lycoming; Williamsport, Pennsylvania 
Piper; Vero Beach, Florida 


Location: Athens, Georgia
Accident Number: ERA22FA223
Date and Time: May 11, 2022, 18:53 Local
Registration: N8007P
Aircraft: Piper PA-24-250 
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On May 11, 2022, about 1853 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-24-250, N8007P, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Athens, Georgia. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to a flight instructor, the pilot had recently purchased the airplane and wanted to fly with an instructor to familiarize himself with the RayJay turbocharger system before flying home to Texas. The pilot told him he had completed a checkout in a PA-24 in Texas, but it was not equipped with a turbocharger. Two days before the accident, they departed and planned to climb to 10,000 ft and utilize the turbo system, but the engine was not developing full power and the manifold pressure was low. They returned to the airport and maintenance personnel found a loose wire that was grounding one of the magnetos. The next day, the engine performance had improved, but it was still not producing adequate manifold pressure and maintenance personnel subsequently replaced the loose wire. During the next flight, the crew was radioed and told the engine was backfiring, so they landed and returned the airplane to maintenance. On the morning of the accident, the spark plugs were cleaned, gapped, tested, and reinstalled. The fuel mixture was adjusted at the fuel servo to obtain a 50 rpm rise and manifold pressure increased to 26 inches. An engine runup was performed and the airplane was returned to service. 

A review of preliminary flight track data revealed that the airplane departed Triangle North Executive Airport (LHZ), Louisburg, North Carolina, about 1619. The airplane flew on a generally southwest heading between about 4,000 to 5,000 ft mean sea level (msl) for about 2 hours 20 minutes. About 23 nautical miles east the Athens/Ben Epps Airport (AHN), Athens, Georgia, the airplane completed two
circles to the right and then continued on a southwesterly heading in a gradual descent toward AHN.

About 7 miles east of AHN the pilot contacted air traffic control and was instructed to land runway 27. About 1 mile from the runway the pilot declared may-day and stated he had lost all engine power, there were no further transmissions form the pilot. The last track data was observed at 1852, as the airplane descended through 925 ft mean sea level (msl), about 200 ft above ground level.

Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane impacted a wooded area on a residential property about 3/4 of a mile from the approach end of runway 27. The wreckage debris path was about 50 ft long and oriented on a magnetic heading of 070°. There was an extensive postimpact fire and all major structural components of the airplane were located within the debris field.

Flight control cable continuity was established from the control inputs to the bellcranks, and then to the control surfaces. The propeller remained attached to the engine crankshaft flange, and minor scratches were present along the leading edge of the blades. The fuel flow divider and fuel injector nozzles were all intact, unobstructed, and contained fuel. The engine driven fuel pump and fuel lines contained fuel, and the fuel pump was impact damaged.

Both magnetos were removed and manually rotated. The left magneto produced spark on all leads. The right magneto failed to produce spark and the hold down nuts would grind when rotated; when disassembled the shaft was off center due to impact.

The engine was manually rotated and internal continuity was confirmed. The turbocharger system remained attached, the left turbocharger vane spun freely, the right turbocharger vane was impact damaged.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N8007P
Model/Series: PA-24-250
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: AHN, 802 ft msl
Observation Time: 18:51 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C /12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Louisburg, NC (LHZ)
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 33.949344,-83.317294 (est)

Aircraft experienced engine issues and crashed into wooded area 1/4 mile short of the runway and caught on fire.  

Date: 11-MAY-22
Time: 22:50:00Z
Regis#: N8007P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA24
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew: 1 fatal
Pax: 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: ATHENS
State: GEORGIA

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email witness@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.