NTSB Identification: SEA92LA124.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 46489.
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 10, 1992 in KLAMATH FALLS, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/28/1993
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER G-164B, registration: N3627S
Injuries: 4 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

AT THE END OF AN AERIAL APPLICATION FLIGHT, THE PILOT REPORTED THAT HE WAS PARALLELING A ROAD THAT HIS SON WAS TRAVELLING ON, IN A PICK UP TRUCK. THE PILOT REACHED DOWN TO TURN OFF THE SPRAY PUMP AND AT THE SAME TIME THE TRUCK DISTURBED A FLOCK OF BIRDS THAT TOOK FLIGHT. WHEN THE PILOT LOOKED UP AND SAW THE BIRDS, HE TOOK EVASIVE ACTION IN THE DIRECTION OF THE PICK UP TRUCK. THE AIRPLANE STRUCK THE CAB OF THE TRUCK FROM THE REAR. THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THE AIRPLANE AND COLLIDED INTO A DITCH.

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

THE PILOT'S POOR INFLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION. FACTORS TO THE ACCIDENT WERE: CLEARANCE WAS NOT MAINTAINED AND INADEQUATE REMEDIAL ACTION.

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