NTSB Identification: FTW98LA140.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, March 03, 1998 in LAKE VILLAGE, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/15/2001
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT-502B, registration: N60762
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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

After filling his aerial application aircraft with 350 gallons of liquid fertilizer, the pilot began his takeoff roll. As the airplane's tail lifted off of the ground, the right main landing gear entered a rut, which resulted in the aircraft decelerating and veering to the right into soft ground. Subsequently, the aircraft 'flipped' over onto its back. The pilot stated that he and the landowner drove 'up and down the airstrip stopping several times to test the condition of the strip' prior to his initial landing to the strip. He further stated that '[he] noticed the strip to be a little rough but [he] felt that it was firm enough to work off of.' The pilot reported that during his initial landing he did not notice any problems with the strip.

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

The pilot's use of unsuitable terrain for takeoff. A factor was the rough/uneven terrain.

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