NTSB Identification: LAX00LA175.
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Accident occurred Friday, April 28, 2000 in BUCKEYE, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/17/2001
Aircraft: Ayres S2R-600, registration: N4018P
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The aircraft veered off the runway and collided with ground obstacles during landing. The pilot reported that he was landing with about 400 gallons of pesticide. He explained that the runway was half asphalt and half dirt. There was a bump in the runway where the two surfaces came together. The pilot reported that he hit the bump and the airplane veered to the left. He was unable to straighten out the airplane and added power to attempt to become airborne again, but did not have sufficient time. The airplane left the runway, hit a berm and flew over a concrete irrigation ditch that ran parallel to the runway, and then came to rest in an alfalfa field. The landing gear separated during the sequence.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control of the aircraft. A factor in the accident was the uneven runway surface.

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