NTSB Identification: LAX83FJA05.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20478.
Accident occurred Thursday, March 24, 1983 in NR LIHUE ARPT, HI
Aircraft: Murrayair MA1B, registration: N101MA
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 COLLIDED WITH A TREE DURING A TURN-AROUND WHILE ENGAGED IN AERIAL APPLICATION OPERATIONS. THE PILOT HAD MADE A FEW RUNS OVER THE SAME FIELD UNTIL HE EXHAUSTED HIS LOAD. AFTER LANDING AND RELOADING HE RETURNED TO THE AREA TO FINISH THE JOB AND ON THE 1ST TURN-AROUND HE COLLIDED WITH A TREE. THE RIGHT TOP WING SEPARATED FROM THE AIRFRAME DURING THE TREE CONTACT AND LANDED ABOUT 100 FEET SHORT OF THE MAIN WRECKAGE ON A DIRECT LINE FROM THE TREE. FIRE BROKE OUT ON IMPACT WITH THE GROUND. THE PILOT WAS PULLED FROM THE WRECKAGE BY FIELD WORKERS BUT DIED IN THE HOSPITAL THAT AFTERNOON.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

WING..SEPARATION

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