NTSB Identification: FTW84LA228.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24705.
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 09, 1984 in BAY CITY, TX
Aircraft: Rockwell S-2R, registration: N8481V
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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

WHILE SPRAYING A FIELD WITH PROPANEL & MODOWN GRASS KILLERS, THE PLT WAS CROSSING BELOW A HIGH TENSION POWER LINE. THE VERTICAL STABILIZER CONTACTED THE LOWEST WIRE WHICH TORE LOOSE THE VERTICAL STABILIZER. THE ACFT PITCHED NOSE UP, THEN IT DOVE DOWN, CRASHED & BURNED. THE PLT WAS RESCUED FROM THE PLANE, BUT HE INHALED A LARGE AMOUNT OF HERBICIDE & DIED LATER.

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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