NTSB Identification: FTW85LA271.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28042.
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 03, 1985 in TALLULAH, LA
Aircraft: GRUMMAN G-164A, registration: N8375
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 INITIAL CLIMB AFTER TAKEOFF, THE AG PLT REALIZED THAT HE COULD NOT CLEAR WIRES AT THE END OF THE RWY. THE PLT DUMPED HIS LOAD OF FERTILIZER AND ATTEMPTED TO MANEUVER AROUND THE WIRES, HOWEVER DURING THE MANEUVER, THE ACFT STALLED. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT GROUND PERSONNEL HAD SUBSTITUTED AMMONIUM NITRATE FOR UREA IN THE FERTILIZER LOAD, INCREASING THE ACFT'S GROSS WEIGHT BY 800 LBS. THE PLT WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE SUBSTITUTION PRIOR TO TAKEOFF. BY VOLUME, AMMONIUM NITRATE IS HEAVIER THAN UREA.

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

AIRCRAFT WEIGHT AND BALANCE..EXCEEDED..GROUND PERSONNEL

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

AIRCRAFT SERVICE..IMPROPER..GROUND PERSONNEL

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

CREW/GROUP COORDINATION..NOT MAINTAINED..GROUND PERSONNEL

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

CREW/GROUP BRIEFING..NOT FOLLOWED..GROUND PERSONNEL

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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