NTSB Identification: MKC88LA064.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36670.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 19, 1988 in MANTER, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/21/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 188B, registration: N21653
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

WHILE CONDUCTING A TEAM AERIAL APPLICATION OPERATION, THE TRAILING AIRCRAFT STRUCK THE TERRAIN WITH THE RIGHT WING TIP, ROTATED IN A FLAT ATTITUDE ABOUT 2 TURNS, AND WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE. THE PILOT SAID, WHILE IN A DOWNWIND PROCEDURE TURNAROUND, INTO THE SETTING SUN, HE GLANCED DOWN TO VERIFY HIS HOPPER LOAD. HE SAID HE ENCOUNTERED WAKE TURBULENCE FROM THE LEAD AERIAL APPLICATOR, LOST ALTITUDE AND STRUCK THE TERRAIN. THE PLT WAS ABLE TO ESCAPE THE BURNING ACFT, BUT SUFFERED SERIOUS INJURIES. THE PLT SAID HE FELT A LACK OF RECENT EXPERIENCE CONTRIBUTED TO THE ACCIDENT.

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

WAKE TURBULENCE..ENCOUNTERED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..SUNGLARE


Contributing Factors

LACK OF RECENT EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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