NTSB Identification: MIA93LA179.
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Accident occurred Friday, August 20, 1993 in ROME, MS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/30/1994
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR AT-301, registration: N3655G
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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THE PILOT BEGAN THE AERIAL APPLICATION FLIGHT BY STARTING HIS TAKEOFF FROM MIDFIELD, RATHER THAN USING ALL OF THE RUNWAY. MOMENTS AFTER LIFT-OFF, THE ENGINE LOST POWER. THE PILOT IMMEDIATELY JETTISONED HIS LOAD AND MADE A FORCED LANDING STRAIGHT AHEAD TO A RICE PADDY. HOWEVER, THE MAIN GEAR AND RIGHT WING TIP COLLIDED WITH A DIRT BANK/LEVY, AND THE AIRPLANE WAS DAMAGED. NO ABNORMALITY OF THE ENGINE WAS FOUND, AND FUEL WAS PRESENT IN THE CARBURETOR BOWL.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: LOSS OF ENGINE POWER FOR AN UNDETERMINED REASON. A FACTOR RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WAS: FAILURE OF THE PILOT TO USE ALL AVAILABLE RUNWAY FOR TAKEOFF. Full narrative available
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