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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 230507
Last updated: 18 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SS2T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ayres S2R-T34 Turbo Thrush
Owner/operator:Farm Ag Enterprises Llc
Registration: N3097F
MSN: T34-114DC
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Buckeye, AZ -   United States of America
Departure airport:Buckeye, AZ
Destination airport:Buckeye, AZ
Investigating agency: NTSB
The operator reported that the commercial pilot had conducted agricultural flights in the airplane for about 2 to 3 hours earlier on the morning of the accident without problems. During the initial climb for the accident flight, about 30 ft above ground level, the engine lost partial power. Subsequently, the pilot conducted an emergency landing straight ahead, and the airplane descended and impacted a field, during which the wings and fuselage were substantially damaged.
Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed no evidence of any preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. Fuel samples were taken from the fuel tanks and the operator's fuel supply tank. Testing of the samples revealed that the fuel from both the airplane's fuel tanks and the operator's supply tank were essentially water. It is likely that the loss of engine power was due to water contamination of the fuel.

Probable Cause: A partial loss of engine power due to water contamination of the fuel. 



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 years and 2 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

10-Nov-2019 14:30 ASN Update Bot Added
11-Nov-2019 17:44 harro Updated [Narrative, Accident report, ]

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