NTSB Identification: FTW91LA090.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 44341.
Accident occurred Monday, June 03, 1991 in LAWTELL, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/1993
Aircraft: GRUMMAN G-164B, registration: N67210
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 PILOT, WHO WAS APPLYING FERTILIZER TO A RICE FIELD, STATED THAT AS HE PULLED UP AND INITIATED A TURN TO REVERSE DIRECTION ON HIS SECOND PASS, THE AIRPLANE BEGAN SETTLING. HE SAID HE THOUGHT HE ENCOUNTERED MECHANICAL TURBULENCE FROM A NEARBY TREE LINE AND THE AIRPLANE GOT BEHIND THE POWER CURVE. HE ATTEMPTED TO RECOVER, HOWEVER, THE AIRPLANE CONTINUED TO SETTLE, STRUCK POWER LINES AND IMPACTED IN A MUDDY FIELD.

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

THE PILOT'S EXCEEDING THE PERFORMANCE CAPABILITY OF THE AIRPLANE. A FACTOR WAS TURBULENCE.

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