NTSB Identification: CEN13LA323
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Saturday, June 01, 2013 in Hamlin, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/10/2014
Aircraft: ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL S-2R, registration: N4946X
Injuries: 1 Minor.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
During the landing, the airplane encountered a strong, gusting right crosswind. The pilot attempted to perform a go-around; however, the airplane ground-looped. The prevailing wind resulted in a right quartering tailwind with a gusting crosswind component of 23 knots. The maximum crosswind velocity for the accident airplane was 15 miles per hour; therefore, the calculated crosswind component exceeded the capability of the airplane. The pilot should not have landed with a crosswind that exceeded the airplane's capabilities. The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's decision to land the airplane with a crosswind that exceeded the airplane's capabilities. Full narrative available
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