NTSB Identification: FTW93FA245.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, August 24, 1993 in LA BARRE, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/27/1994
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR AT-402, registration: N1508X
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

WHILE ON A LOCAL AERIAL APPLICATION FLIGHT, THE AIRPLANE IMPACTED THE GROUND IN A 35 DEGREE RIGHT BANK, 20 DEGREE NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE AND SLID ABOUT 100 FEET THROUGH A SUGAR CANE FIELD. THE ACCIDENT SITE WAS ABOUT 3/4 MILE EAST OF A FIELD THE PILOT HAD JUST FINISHED SPRAYING AND ABOUT 3 MILES SOUTH OF A SECOND FIELD HE WAS SUPPOSED TO SPRAY. THERE WERE NO WITNESSES TO THE ACCIDENT AND NO EVIDENCE OF PRE-IMPACT FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND IN THE AIRPLANE NOR ANY OF ITS SYSTEMS. THE AUTOPSY FOUND INCONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE OF LIVER AND SPLEEN ENLARGEMENT, AND MILD ATHEROSCLEROSIS OF THE AORTA AND ARTERIES.

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

LOSS OF CONTROL FOR UNDETERMINED REASONS.

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