NTSB Identification: MIA87LA208.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34008.
Accident occurred Friday, July 17, 1987 in ROLLING FORK, MS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/08/1988
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT301, registration: N2321V
Injuries: 1 Minor.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
DURING THE SWATH RUN, THE PLT STATED THAT THE ENG 'BARKED' ONCE OR TWICE JUST PRIOR TO IMPACT WITH THE TREES. THE ACFT HIT THE TREES, ROLLED INVERTED & BURST INTO FLAMES.HE STATED THAT THE SEAT BELT & SHOULDER HARNESS SAVED HIS LIFE. THE PLT STATED THAT HE HAD ABORTED TWO OTHER TAKE-OFFS EARLIER IN THE DAY DUE TO ENG PROBLEMS. THE PLT & ANOTHER PLT EMPLOYED BY THE FIRM STATED THAT THE OWNER OF THE FIRM KNEW OF THE VARIOUS MECH DEFECTS THAT THE PLTS HAD BROUGHT TO HIS NOTICE, BUT FAILED TO TAKE ANY CORRECTIVE ACTION.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:ENGINE ASSEMBLY..UNDETERMINED
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:MAINTENANCE,SERVICE OF AIRCRAFT/EQUIPMENT..INADEQUATE..COMPANY/OPERATOR MANAGEMENT
UNSAFE/HAZARDOUS CONDITION WARNING..DISREGARDED..COMPANY/OPERATOR MANAGEMENT
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