NTSB Identification: LAX83FA120.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20314.
Accident occurred Sunday, February 27, 1983 in KERMAN, CA
Aircraft: Ayres S2R-R3S, registration: N40160
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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.

THE ACFT RETURNING FROM A SPRAY MISSION COLLIDED WITH A TREE AND CRASHED NEAR THE PILOTS HOME. THE PILOT MADE A LOW PASSOVER HIS HOUSE TO LET HIS WIFE KNOW HE HAD RETURNED. HE MADE A SPRAY RUN OVER HIS OWN VINEYARD AND COLLIDED WITH A LARGETREE WHILE PULLING UP AND ROLLING. AFTER TREE CONTACT THE ACFT KEPT ROLLING AND IMPACTED THE GROUND. NO EVIDENCE WAS FOUND TO INDICATE ANY PRE-IMPACT FAILURES IN EQUIPMENT.

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

LOW PASS..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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