NTSB Identification: FTW89DRG08.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 39695.
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 27, 1989 in RIO HONDO, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/10/1991
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR AT-301, registration: N4448S
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

THE PLT RPRTD THAT IMMEDIATELY AFTER LIFT-OFF, THERE WAS A LOSS OF LIFT THAT RESULTED IN THE LEFT WING DIPPING & CONTACTING THE GROUND. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT ROLLED & FLIPPED OVER. THE PLT BELIEVED THE ACFT HAD ENCOUNTERED WINDSHEAR. HE NOTED THAT A THUNDERSTORM WAS BUILDING IN THE VICINITY.

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

IMPROPER COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS BY THE PILOT. FACTORS RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WERE THE ADVERSE WIND CONDITIONS.

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