NTSB Identification: LAX98LA280.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, September 02, 1998 in DIXON, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/21/2000
Aircraft: Cessna 188B, registration: N202AW
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 agricultural airplane had flown the day before the accident flight with no discrepancies noted. This was the first flight of the day and the airplane was carrying a full load of sulfur for an application flight. After takeoff, the pilot made a turn to the left and experienced a partial loss of engine power. The pilot made a bank to the right to land in an open field. The airplane landed hard and bounced into the air. After the first bounce, the airplane was simultaneously on fire and rotating 180 degrees. The airplane struck the ground again and the pilot exited the airplane. The chemical manufacturer stated that the powdered sulfur dust compound used in aerial application operations was considered a moderate fire hazard. The airplane was destroyed by a post impact fire.

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

A partial loss of engine power for an undetermined reason, and the ignition of a highly combustible compound in the application hopper.

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