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NTSB Identification: GAA18CA410
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Sunday, July 01, 2018 in Pantego, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/10/2019
Aircraft: AYRES S2R, registration: N3098L
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

According to the owner of the agricultural application airplane, the commercial pilot was performing a simulated agricultural application flight with about 70 gallons of water in the hopper. After spraying water on the fields next to the private runway, during landing, the airplane touched down short of the runway. The main landing gear (MLG) struck a ditch, and the right MLG separated. 
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the lower fuselage. 
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
The owner added that, before the flight, the pilot had accumulated 0.3 hour of total flight experience in the airplane.


The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot's failure to maintain the proper approach path during landing, which resulted in landing short of the runway.