NTSB Identification: FTW83FA261.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23382.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 04, 1983 in OMEGA, OK
Aircraft: PIPER PA-25-235, registration: N6551Z
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 PLT HAD JUST COMPLETED SPRAYING A FIELD & WAS IN A RIGHT TURN WHEN THE RIGHT WING TIP HIT GENTLY RISING TERRAIN. THE OWNER THOUGHT THAT THE PLT MIGHT HAVE DIVERTED HIS ATTENTION WHILE LOOKING AT A FARMER'S MAP TO LOCATE THE NEXT FIELD. (SEVERAL SIMILAR MAPS WERE FOUND IN THE SERVICE HANGER.) AN EXAM OF THE WRECKAGE & A TEARDOWN OF THE ENG REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF A PREIMPACT/MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND
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