NTSB Identification: MIA96LA232.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, September 24, 1996 in SLOCOMB, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/1998
Aircraft: Air Tractor 402, registration: N9130M
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.

During a turn to reverse direction during an aerial application flight, the pilot lost control of the airplane which rolled inverted and impacted the ground. A witness heard the engine during the spray run and stated it sounded normal. Examination of the airplane and engine by the FAA and representatives of each manufacturer revealed no evidence of airframe or engine preimpact failure or malfunction. The flaps were determined to be retracted.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain airspeed.

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