NTSB Identification: LAX85FVD02.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30410.
Accident occurred Monday, June 24, 1985 in LODI, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 188B, registration: N9966J
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

ON JUNE 24, 1985, AT 0520 HOURS PDT, A CESSNA AG TRUCK 188B, N9966J, REGISTERED TO JAMES L. THOMAS AND OPERATED BY AG- FLIGHT, INC. COLLIDED WITH THE BRIM OF AN IRRIGATION CANAL DURING TAKE-OFF FROM THE THOMAS RANCH STRIP AND IMPACTED THE GROUND IN A FIELD BEYOND THE CANAL WHILE ON A FLIGHT TO APPLY SULFER ON A LOCAL VINEYARD. VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS PREVAILED AT THE TIME AND A FLIGHT PLAN WAS NOT FILED. THE AIRCRAFT WAS DESTROYED BY CRASH IMPACT FORCES AND FIRE FROM THE BURNING SULFER CARRIED WITHIN THE AIRCRAFT AND THE CERTIFICATED ATP PILOT SUFFERED MINOR INJURY TO HIS EYES FROM THE BURNING SULFER. THE PILOT STATES THAT ALL NORMAL PREFLIGHT OPERATIONS WERE CONDUCTED PRIOR TO THE INCIDENT TAKEOFF WITH NO ABNORMAL INDICATION THAT DURING THE TAKEOFF ROLL THE AIRCRAFT WAS SLOWER THAN NORMAL WITH SLUGGISH ACCELERATION. AT LIFT OFF, THE AIRCRAFT WAS IN A NEAR STALL CONDITION BEFORE STRIKING THE CANAL BRIM.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ABORTED TAKEOFF..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LIFT-OFF..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/MUSH..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT

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