NTSB Identification: SEA95LA154.
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Accident occurred Monday, July 17, 1995 in ROBERTS, ID
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/08/1996
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR AT-301, registration: N4326S
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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THE PILOT REPORTED THAT SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF, AT 40 FEET ABOVE GROUND LEVEL, THE ENGINE LOST POWER AND BEGAN BACKFIRING. THE PILOT MADE A FORCED LANDING IN A BARLEY FIELD WITH 3-FOOT-TALL CROPS, AND THE AIRPLANE CARTWHEELED. POSTACCIDENT EXAMINATION OF THE ENGINE REVEALED THAT THE EXHAUST VALVE ROCKER ARM HOUSING ON THE NUMBER 3 CYLINDER SEPARATED, DISABLING THE NUMBER 3 CYLINDER EXHAUST VALVE.

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

A LOSS OF ENGINE POWER DUE TO THE SEPARATION OF THE NUMBER 3 CYLINDER EXHAUST VALVE ROCKER ARM SHAFT FROM THE CYLINDER HEAD, WHICH DISABLED MOVEMENT OF THE EXHAUST VALVE. A FACTOR WAS THE LACK OF SUITABLE TERRAIN FOR THE FORCED LANDING.

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