NTSB Identification: WPR12TA323
14 CFR Public Use
Accident occurred Monday, July 23, 2012 in Elko, NV
Aircraft: AERO COMMANDER 500 S, registration: N535SA
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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


On July 23, 2012, about 1745 Pacific daylight time, an Aero Commander 500 S, N535SA, was substantially damaged during an off-airport forced landing near Elko, Nevada, due to the complete loss of power in both engines. Neither the pilot nor the Air Tactical Group Supervisor (ATGS) was injured. The public-use flight was performing an air-attack coordination mission for aerial fire suppression activity. The airplane was owned by Spur Aviation Services of Twin Falls, Idaho, and was being operated on an exclusive use contract by the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (DOI/BLM). No Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan was filed for the flight.

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