NTSB Identification: LAX00LA285.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, August 01, 2000 in TRACY, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/18/2003
Aircraft: Grumman G-164B, registration: N6737K
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
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The pilot made an abrupt course change while repositioning the airplane during an agricultural application flight. The pilot failed to maintain adequate clearance from a nearby 300-foot-tall transmission line, and a collision ensued. During the impact sequence, a portion of the airplane’s right wing was severed. The airplane descended uncontrollably and caught on fire seconds after impacting the ground. Tetrahydrocannabinol carboxylic acid (marihuana) was detected at a level of 0.018 ug/ml in the pilot's blood, and it was also found in his urine.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's failure to maintain adequate clearance from obstacles while maneuvering during an aerial application flight.
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