NTSB Identification: LAX01LA257.
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Accident occurred Saturday, July 21, 2001 in VISALIA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/28/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 185F, registration: N1728R
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot noticed the cylinder head temperature rising. He decided to make a precautionary landing at a friend's grass strip where he had landed before. During the landing roll on the 45-foot-wide runway, the left wing tip contacted 12-foot-high corn stalks. The airplane veered to the left, departed the runway, and overturned. The right main landing gear sheared off when the airplane hit a berm.

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

The pilot failed to maintain clearance from crops which bordered the narrow runway.

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