NTSB Identification: SEA96LA114.
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Accident occurred Friday, June 07, 1996 in ROUNDUP, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/03/1997
Aircraft: Cessna T188C, registration: N4970J
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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The pilot stated that while maneuvering for an agricultural aerial application pass, his '...initiating...turn at a lower than normal [airspeed]...started a stall.' He stated that he hit the ground before he could recover due to the low altitude at which he had turned. The aircraft information manual stated that altitude loss during a stall recovery may be as much as 300 feet.

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

failure of the pilot to maintain adequate airspeed, during a turn-around maneuver after a swath run, which resulted in an inadvertent stall.

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