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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 176604
Last updated: 19 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SS2T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ayres S-2R-T34 Turbo Thrush
Owner/operator:Morris Ag Air
Registration: N4018Q
MSN: T34-021
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:SE of Blythe Airport (KBLH), Blythe, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Blythe, CA
Destination airport:Blythe, CA
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot was conducting aerial application operations with the assistance of a spotter on the ground. The spotter saw the airplane fly over power lines along the perimeter of an adjacent field. The airplane then entered a nose-high attitude, consistent with the pilotís normal practice of pushing the chemical toward the spreader doors. The airplane continued to climb in a near-vertical ascent until reaching about 500 ft above ground level, after which the airplane entered a nose-low vertical descent that continued to ground contact. An examination of the wreckage revealed that all major components were accounted for at the accident site, and flight control continuity was established. No unusual meteorological phenomena were reported by the closest weather station or observed by witnesses to the accident.†It is likely that, during the nose-high maneuver, the airplane exceeded its critical angle-of-attack and experienced an aerodynamic stall.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed while maneuvering, which resulted in the airplane exceeding its critical angle-of-attack and experiencing an aerodynamic stall.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

03-Jun-2015 00:40 Geno Added
03-Jun-2015 05:14 Geno Updated [Source, Damage, Narrative]
03-Jun-2015 15:47 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
09-Jun-2015 08:32 Alpine Flight Updated [Time, Damage]
17-Jun-2015 23:39 Geno Updated [Operator, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
01-Dec-2017 13:42 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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