An accident with an agricultural plane on January 15 was caught by people watching the aircraft attempt to put out a fire in a city in southern Chile.
The pilot of the Thrush S-2R-T660 Thrush 710P, however, ended up hitting a pole with his right wing and lost control of the aircraft.
Still loaded with a lot of fuel, the aircraft caught fire while in the air, before crashing onto a road near the head of Panguilemo Airport. The pilot did not survive, according to a statement from DGAC, Chile’s civil aviation authority.
Agricultural plane hits pole and crashes onto road in Chile. pic.twitter.com/KyCKj8lQMW
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There were three injured people on the ground, but the condition of these people was not known.
The single-engine Thush 710P with registration EC-NPL belonged to the Spanish company Plysa, linked to Air Nostrum, and provided service to Air Andes.
The turboprop plane is manufactured by Thrush Aviation, a company that took over the Ayres estate.
Designed as a crop spraying airplane, the 710P can also be used for firefighting thanks to a tank carried in the belly of the fuselage.