NTSB Identification: FTW92LA131A.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 46559.
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 13, 1992 in TAFT, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/30/1993
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT-401, registration: N1518V
Injuries: 2 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.

DURING A VFR LANDING FLARE THE WIND WAS REPORTED BY THE PILOTS AS 90 DEGREES TO THE RUNWAY AT APPROXIMATELY 10 KNOTS. ONE PILOT HAD LANDED AND WAS PARKED IN THE LOADING AREA TO THE RIGHT OF THE THRESHOLD. THIS PILOT REPORTED TURBULENCE IN THE VICINITY OF THE LANDING THRESHOLD AS THE WIND PASSED THE HANGAR AREA NEAR THE RUNWAY. DURING THE LANDING FLARE THE SECOND AIRPLANE PILOT DELAYED HIS COMPENSATION FOR THE TURBULENCE. THE RIGHT WING OF THE AIRPLANE STRUCK THE ROTATING PROPELLER OF THE PARKED AIRPLANE. APPROXIMATELY FOUR FEET OF THE RIGHT WING SEPARATED FROM THE LANDING AIRPLANE. THE PILOT APPLIED FULL POWER AND CONTINUED TO A NEARBY AIRPORT AND LANDED WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENCE.

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

THE PILOTS' DELAYED COMPENSATION FOR TURBULENCE. A FACTOR WAS THE TURBULENCE.

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