NTSB Identification: FTW01LA012.
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Accident occurred Thursday, October 19, 2000 in STANTON, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/17/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 188B, registration: N53211
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

According to the pilot and a witness, he was spraying a field as part of the federally sponsored boll weevil eradication program. The pilot was flying south on his final pass to trim the edge of the field, when the airplane's right wing contacted unmarked power lines which are 80 feet agl. Subsequently, the airplane impacted the ground, the wings separated from the airframe, and the airplane came to rest inverted. The pilot stated that the 'trim was intended to be accomplished beneath overhead power lines.'

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

The failure of the pilot to maintain clearance with the power lines, while maneuvering during an aerial application flight.

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