NTSB Identification: LAX83LA288.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21021.
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 15, 1983 in YUMA, AZ
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR AT 301, registration: N4337S
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
THE PLT REPORTED THAT HE LANDED ON A FARM ROAD TO INSPECT THE ALTERNATOR & ASSOCIATED WIRING BEFORE STARTING AERIAL APPLICATION. FOLLOWING THE INSPECTION, DURING WHICH NOTHING WAS FOUND WRONG, HE COMMENCED TAKING OFF. AS THE ACFT WAS ACCELERATING FOR TAKEOFF, A SOFT AREA WAS ENCOUNTERED WHICH SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED THE GROUND ROLL. MOMENTS AFTER BECOMING AIRBORNE, THE LEFT WING TIP & SPRAY BOOM IMPACTED A CITRUS TREE. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE PLT LOST CONTROL & THE ACFT STALLED & IMPACTED THE GROUND.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND
AIRSPEED..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND
STALL..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND
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