NTSB Identification: FTW01LA211.
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Accident occurred Friday, September 28, 2001 in Plainview, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/21/2002
Aircraft: WSK PZL Mielec PZL M18B, registration: N203MC
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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The pilot was completing an aerial application to a field when the airplane's left wing struck a standpipe. After the airplane struck the pipe, it traveled to the west approximately 4 miles. The pilot then reported that "he could not hold it anymore", and subsequently, the airplane impacted the terrain. The 30-foot tall standpipe displayed an impact mark approximately 4 feet from the top. The outer 4 1/2 feet of the left wing, outer 1 foot of the left aileron, and red glass from the left navigation light lens, were found in a 300-foot long debris field northwest of the standpipe.

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

the pilot's failure to maintain clearance from the stand pipe while maneuvering during aerial application.

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