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N455JM accident description

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Crash location 35.116945°N, 90.487222°W
Nearest city Heth, AR
35.077591°N, 90.495103°W
2.8 miles away
Tail number N455JM
Accident date 28 Jun 2013
Aircraft type Ayres Corporation S2R-T34
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On June 28, 2013, at 1210 central daylight time, N455JM, an Ayres Corporation S2R-T34 single engine turbo propeller airplane impacted terrain during landing at Blackfish Airstrip, Heth, Arkansas. The pilot was not injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to Humphrey B Flying, LLC; Terre Haute, Indiana, and was operated by Hutcherson Flying, Inc.; Forrest City, Arkansas. Day visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed at the time of the accident and a flight plan had not been filed for the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 agricultural flight.

The pilot stated that during landing his right main landing gear hit a pothole on the runway and directional control was lost when the right main landing gear partially collapsed. The pilot's efforts to correct the veer 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 disclosed undetected corrosion in area of previous weld repairs to the right main landing gear.

NTSB Probable Cause

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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