NTSB Identification: ATL97LA087.
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Accident occurred Friday, June 20, 1997 in LABELLE, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/15/1997
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT-301A, registration: N23728
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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After reloading to apply fertilizer to a sugar cane field, the pilot took off and made a swath run. During a turn-around maneuver for the second swath, at about 200 yards away from the field and 50 feet above the ground, the airplane began sinking rapidly. The pilot added full power, and the airplane mushed into the ground. The airplane hit a levee, nosed over, and came to rest about 100 feet into the sugar cane field.

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, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall/mush and collision with the terrain.

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