NTSB Identification: FTW96TA400.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, September 24, 1996 in SNYDER, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/23/1997
Aircraft: Cessna T188C, registration: N9537J
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this public aircraft accident report.

During a local aerial application flight maneuver, the pilot, watching for wires at the entrance area to the field, saw the transmission wires, and nosed the airplane over to clear the wires; however, the left wing had 'blanked out a pole and he dove into the pole.' The pilot flew the airplane to the airport and during the landing flare/touchdown, when the power was reduced, he lost control of the airplane and the airplane veered to the left with the left wing striking the ground. The airplane cartwheeled, came to stop in an upright position, and a post impact fire erupted in the area of the engine fuel lines. Witnesses extinguished the fire. The left wing tip, aileron, and several feet of the wing were located adjacent to a downed powerline pole. Paint transfer was found on the pole. Overcast ceilings and haze were report in the area.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain clearance with a pole resulting in the separation of the left aileron and a loss of aircraft control. A factor was the haze.

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