NTSB Identification: LAX97LA100.
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Accident occurred Sunday, February 09, 1997 in MADERA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/14/1997
Aircraft: Piper PA-22-150, registration: N1900F
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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

The pilot failed to clear a power line during his twelfth pass while spraying pollen over an almond orchard. The pilot indicated there were no mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane prior to the collision. The pilot did not hold an aerial application certificate under 14 CFR 137.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain adequate clearance from obstructions and his inadequate visual outlook.

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