NTSB Identification: SEA98LA097.
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Accident occurred Monday, June 15, 1998 in BLACKFOOT, ID
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/10/2000
Aircraft: Piper PA-25-235, registration: N8553L
Injuries: 1 Minor.
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The pilot of the agricultural airplane reported that he experienced a sudden and total loss of engine power during climb after takeoff, about 250 feet above ground. He stated that he dumped his fertilizer load, and attempted to maneuver to a nearby interstate highway for an emergency landing, but lost control of the aircraft prior to ground impact. The airplane was destroyed by collision with terrain and post-crash fire. The reason for the loss of power was not determined.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: A loss of power for undetermined reasons. Full narrative available
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