NTSB Identification: CEN13LA384
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Friday, June 28, 2013 in Heth, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/10/2014
Aircraft: AYRES CORPORATION S2R-T34, registration: N455JM
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 landing, the right main landing gear hit a pothole on the runway and partially collapsed, which resulted in the pilot's loss of directional control. The pilot's efforts to regain directional control were unsuccessful, and the airplane impacted terrain and came to rest upright in a ditch on the right side of the runway. The impact resulted in substantial damage to the right wing. A postaccident examination revealed undocumented, improper previous weld repairs to the right main landing gear, which led to undetected corrosion in that area.

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

The partial collapse of the right main landing gear during landing due to an improper previous weld repair to the right main landing gear and subsequent corrosion, which resulted in a loss of directional control and impact with terrain.

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