NTSB Identification: FTW82FRA20
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Monday, May 03, 1982 in ALVIN, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/03/1983
Aircraft: ROCKWELL INTL S-2R, registration: N8456V
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT'S FATHER REPORTED THAT HE AND HIS SON WERE EN ROUTE IN SEPARATE AIRCRAFT TO APPLY FERTILIZER TO A RICE FIELD. HE NOTICED HIS SON DIVE FROM 500 FT TO ABOUT 100 FT WHERE THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK THE TOP GROUND WIRES OF A TRANSMISSION LINE. THE PLANE CRASHED IN A FIELD AND BURNED, AND THE PILOT WAS SERIOUSLY BURNED. THE CONTINUITY OF THE FLIGHT CONTROLS COULD NOT BE ESTABLISHED SINCE THE ALUMINUM TORQUE TUBES WERE BURNED. HOWEVER, ALL OF THE STEEL BELLCRANKS AND ROD ENDS WERE IN PLACE.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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