NTSB Identification: MKC89LA146.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 39969.
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 28, 1989 in LONOKE, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/29/1991
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR 301, registration: N3653M
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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

SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF, DURING AN AERIAL APPLICATION OPERATION, THE PILOT SAID THAT THE ENGINE LOST SUBSTANTIAL POWER. HE SAID THAT HE BEGAN TO DUMP HIS LOAD, BUT THE AIRCRAFT WAS NOT DEVELOPING ENOUGH POWER TO STAY AIRBORNE, SO HE ATTEMPTED TO MAKE AN EMERGENCY LANDING IN A FARM PASTURE. DURING THE LDG ATTEMPT, A COW WAS STRUCK AND KILLED, THEN THE ACFT SLID TO A STOP ON THE EDGE OF A RICE FIELD. POST ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION FAILED TO REVEAL THE CAUSE OF THE ENGINE FAILURE.

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

PARTIAL FAILURE OF THE POWER-PLANT FOR UNDETERMINED REASONS.

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