NTSB Identification: MIA93LA176
Accident occurred Monday, August 16, 1993 in IMMOKALEE, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/26/1994
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER G-164B, registration: N8451K
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 COMMERCIAL PILOT HAD JUST COMPLETED AN AERIAL APPLICATION SPRAY RUN TO THE SOUTH, AND WAS MANEUVERING BACK TOWARDS THE WEST BEGINNING TO LEVEL OUT AT ABOUT 100 FEET AGL, WHEN THE AIRPLANE FELT MUSHY AND STARTED TO SETTLE INTO THE TREES. THE CHEMICAL LOAD WAS JETTISONED AND FULL POWER WAS APPLIED; HOWEVER, THE AIRPLANE COLLIDED WITH TREES AND CRASHED. REVIEW OF THE PILOTS OPERATING HANDBOOK INDICATES THE POWER OFF STALL SPEED TO BE 60 MPH. THE PILOT STATED HIS AIRSPEED AT THE TIME OF COLLISION WITH THE TREES WAS ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT 60 TO 65 IAS.

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

THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN AIRSPEED (VS) WHILE MANEUVERING RESULTING IN A STALL/MUSH.

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