NTSB Identification: FTW94LA266.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, August 10, 1994 in MATAGORDA, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/12/1995
Aircraft: GRUMMAN G-164B, registration: N8251K
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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AS THE PILOT MADE A SPRAY PASS OVER A RICE FIELD THE ENGINE BEGAN BACKFIRING, THEN LOST POWER. THE PILOT JETTISONED THE CHEMICAL AND ATTEMPTED TO LAND ON A DIRT ROAD. THE AIRPLANE COLLIDED WITH TREES AS HE MANEUVERED FOR LANDING. POST ACCIDENT ENGINE EXAMINATION REVEALED A CRACK IN THE NUMBER 4 CYLINDER NEAR THE EXHAUST VALVE.

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

A POWER LOSS DUE TO CRACKED ENGINE CYLINDER. A FACTOR WAS THE LACK OF SUITABLE TERRAIN FOR THE FORCED LANDING.

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