NTSB Identification: CHI96LA247.
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Accident occurred Friday, July 19, 1996 in DIGHTON, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/29/1997
Aircraft: Grumman-Schweizer G-164A, registration: N9544
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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Shortly after takeoff, while en route to conduct aerial application, the pilot noticed a loss in altitude. He advanced the throttle for full power and dumped the chemical load; however, the airplane continued descending and impacted terrain. An examination of the engine revealed no mechanical malfunction that would have resulted in a partial power loss. The reported temperature and density altitude were 86 degrees and 5175 feet.

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

loss of engine power for undetermined reason(s). The crop and soft terrain in the emergency landing area were related factors.

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