NTSB Identification: CEN13LA323
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Saturday, June 01, 2013 in Hamlin, TX
Aircraft: ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL S-2R, registration: N4946X
Injuries: 1 Minor.
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On June 1, 2013, about 1030 central standard time, a Rockwell International S2R Thrush agricultural airplane, N4896X, impacted terrain during landing. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. The airplane received substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by Tri-County Sprayers under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an agricultural application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was operated without a flight plan. The flight originated from the Hamlin Municipal Airport (14F) at 0925.
According to the operator, while landing on runway 34 (length 3,200 feet, width 50 feet), the airplane encountered 23-knot winds, gusting to 28 knots, from 090 degrees. The airplane ground-looped then cart-wheeled structurally damaging both wings, the empennage, and engine firewall. According to the airplane type certificate data sheet, the maximum allowable crosswind velocity is 15 miles per hour. Based on calculations, the airplane experienced a crosswind from the right of 27 knots, and a tailwind of 6 knots.
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