NTSB Identification: FTW96LA159.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, April 03, 1996 in HUGHES, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/25/1996
Aircraft: Wsk Pzl Mielec M-18A, registration: N2159K
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
According to the pilot's groundcrew, he had flown 5 application flights that morning. He then changed loading operations to another grass airstrip, one that he had never landed on before. One of the groundcrew reported that the airstrip appeared 'very short,' and he suggested to the pilot that he make his 'first ever' takeoff from the field with a partial load. The pilot agreed. A witness who was flying a few miles north of the accident site reported winds from the south at 35-40 mph, with higher gusts. The manufacture's published maximum crosswind velocity for the airplane is 13 knots. The takeoff roll appeared normal until a witness observed the left wing to 'rise up and then come down almost to the ground.' The aircraft veered right, exiting the north sloping airstrip. The aircraft came to rest in the inverted position. After the accident, one witness looked at the ground scars and reported that 'the brakes were applied alternately (right, left, right, left, right, left) then they were both locked-up.' The pilot had purchased this aircraft on 12/29/95, and had approximately 100 hours in make and model.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the pilot exceeding the maximum authorized crosswind component of the airplane. Factors were the crosswind and the side sloping runway. Full narrative available
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