NTSB Identification: FTW00LA130.
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Accident occurred Friday, April 21, 2000 in GOULD, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/08/2001
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT-301, registration: N8699S
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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After takeoff to the south, the agricultural airplane could not maintain altitude, and it touched down 300 yards from the departure end of the runway. The aircraft bounced and traveled 100 yards before touching down again. The aircraft bounced again and traveled another 50 yards before touching down for the third time. The aircraft continued to roll about 100 yards before becoming airborne. The aircraft struck power lines, impacted the ground, and came to rest upright facing west. The pilot reported that after the second bounce, he began to dump the chemical from the hopper. The pilot reported to the FAA inspector that there was 'nothing wrong' with the engine, and that the crosswind was the problem. The pilot further reported that the wind was from 280 degrees at 15 knots. Ten minutes prior to the accident, the wind at the nearest weather reporting point, located 22 nautical miles northwest of the accident site, was from 330 degrees at 9 knots.

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

The stall/mush encountered by the pilot. A factor was the crosswind.

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