NTSB Identification: FTW95LA028.
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Accident occurred Friday, October 21, 1994 in LUBBOCK, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/09/1995
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR AT-301, registration: N8523S
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
THE AGRICULTURAL AIRPLANE COLLIDED WITH IRRIGATION EQUIPMENT WHILE APPLYING PESTICIDES TO A COTTON FIELD. AFTER THE COLLISION, THE ENGINE LOST POWER AND THE PILOT EXECUTED A FORCED LANDING. THE AIRPLANE WAS STRUCTURALLY DAMAGED DURING THE FORCED LANDING. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE WAS TIRED AND HAD DIFFICULTY SEEING THE IRRIGATION EQUIPMENT WHICH 'BLENDED INTO THE WHITE COTTON THAT WAS 90% OPEN.'
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN CLEARANCE WITH THE IRRIGATION EQUIPMENT. A FACTOR WAS PILOT FATIGUE. Full narrative available
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