NTSB Identification: MIA97LA231.
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Accident occurred Friday, August 15, 1997 in PINEHURST, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/02/1998
Aircraft: Grumman-Schweizer G-164A, registration: N8721H
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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During an aerial application flight after clearing 75-100 foot-tall trees near the cotton crop field being sprayed, the aircraft was descended too low and the airplane came in contact with the 5 foot-tall cotton crop. The airplane then descended into the field and came to rest upright.

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

The failure of the pilot to maintain clearance with the cotton crop while maneuvering to begin a spray pass over a 5 foot-tall cotton crop, resulting in the in-flight collision with the crop and terrain.

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