NTSB Identification: ATL93LA121.
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Accident occurred Friday, July 02, 1993 in BAINBRIDGE, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/18/1994
Aircraft: PIPER PA-25-235, registration: N8659L
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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THE PILOT WAS ENGAGED IN A PRACTICE AERIAL APPLICATION FLIGHT, WITH AN INSTRUCTOR OBSERVING FROM THE GROUND. AFTER MAKING AN AERIAL SURVEY AROUND THE PERIMETER OF THE PRACTICE SPRAY FIELD, A LEFT TURN WAS BEGUN. THE INSTRUCTOR OBSERVED THE AIRPLANE ENTER A 45 DEG NOSE-DOWN, LEFT WING-DOWN ATTITUDE. IT MAINTAINED THAT ATTITUDE AS IT DISAPPEARED FROM VIEW BEHIND TREES. EXAMINATION OF THE ACCIDENT SITE AND WRECKAGE REVEALED THAT THE AIRPLANE COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND IN A LEFT WING AND NOSE-LOW ATTITUDE. NO MECHANICAL MALFUNCTIONS WERE FOUND. ACCORDING TO THE INSTRUCTOR, WHILE THE PILOT WAS PREPARING FOR THE FLIGHT, HE STATED THAT HIS DAUGHTER AND HER HUSBAND HAD A FIGHT. THE PILOT HAD NOT HEARD FROM HER IN 3 DAYS. THE INSTRUCTOR STATED THAT THE PILOT SEEMED CONCERNED ABOUT HIS DAUGHTER AND ASKED HIM IF HE WAS FOCUSED ON THE FLIGHT. THE PILOT RESPONDED THAT HE WAS FINE.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN ADEQUATE CLEARANCE FROM THE GROUND.

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