NTSB Identification: FTW92DQG01.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 47753.
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 25, 1992 in LUBBOCK, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/14/1993
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR AT-301, registration: N4334S
Injuries: 1 Minor.

THE PILOT HAD BEEN OPERATING OUT OF A 2,100 FOOT DIRT STRIP FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH THE PREVAILING WINDS OUT OF THE SOUTH. THE WIND SHIFTED DIRECTION AS THE PILOT WAS PREPARING TO DEPART AND A DOWNWIND TAKEOFF WAS ATTEMPTED. THE AIRCRAFT FAILED TO GAIN SUFFICIENT ALTITUDE TO CLEAR OBSTACLES AT THE DEPARTURE END, AND IMPACT WAS MADE WITH A FENCE AND HIGH VEGETATION.

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

THE PILOT'S SELECTION OF A DOWNWIND RUNWAY FOR TAKEOFF. A FACTOR WAS THE TAILWIND.

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