NTSB Identification: MIA89LA166.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38825.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 28, 1989 in LAMBERT, MS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/28/1991
Aircraft: AYRES S2R, registration: N5543X
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

JUST AFTER LIFTOFF, THE ENG LOST ALL POWER & THE PLT JETTISONED HIS LOAD OF HERBICIDE. HE LANDED STRAIGHT AHEAD, BUT THE ACFT HIT A DITCH & NOSED OVER, THEN BURST INTO FLAMES. THE PLT SUSTAINED A BROKEN FOOT, BUT EXTRICATED HIMSELF BEFORE THE FUEL TANKS EXPLODED. AN EXAM OF THE ENG REVEALED THE IMPELLER BEARING HAD FAILED.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

FAILURE OF THE ENGINE IMPELLER. THE DITCH IN THE EMERGENCY LANDING AREA WAS A RELATED FACTOR.

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