NTSB Identification: MIA02LA090.
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Accident occurred Monday, April 29, 2002 in Myakka City, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/06/2002
Aircraft: Cessna A188B, registration: N70213
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

While maneuvering during an aerial application the airplane impacted into a swampy area. The airplane had been seeding for about 2.5 hours before the accident occurred. According to the pilot he was on the last leg of seeding a field after sunset had already occurred, and the next thing he knew he had flown into the ground and crashed. He said that there was nothing wrong with the airframe or engine. An examination of the airframe and engine, after the accident, revealed no discrepancies. In addition, at the time of the accident the airplane was without an annual inspection, and the pilot of N70213 did not have a current commercial pilot's certificate due to the fact that his medical certificate had expired. The pilot/operator was given an NTSB Pilot/Operator Accident Report Form 6120.1/2 by the FAA inspector, but a completed form was not received.

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

the pilot's failure to maintain altitude while maneuvering during an aerial application, subsequently resulting in impact with the terrain.

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