(Pilot) Noticed An Abnormal Sound From The Engine… Elected To Make An Immediate Forced Landing

Location: Alamo, TX Accident Number: CEN21LA133
Date & Time: February 9, 2021, 17:35 Local Registration: N5679X
Aircraft: Aero Commander S2R Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

On February 9, 2021, about 1735 central standard time, an Aero Commander S2R airplane, N5679X, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Alamo, Texas.

The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight.

The pilot stated that after takeoff from Mid-Valley Dusters Inc. Airport (43TX), he noticed an abnormal sound from the engine.

Concerned with obstacles farther along the departure path, he elected to make an immediate forced landing, during which the left wing was damaged after impact with small trees.

The airplane has been retained for examination.

FMI: www.ntsb.gov