NTSB Identification: FTW02LA194.
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Accident occurred Monday, July 01, 2002 in Basile, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/01/2003
Aircraft: Grumman-Schweizer G-164A, registration: N8917H
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot had just completed his fourth spray load of the morning and was returning for the next load when the engine began running rough and started to backfire. He checked the magnetos, propeller, and throttle lever, and found everything to be "normal." The engine continued to backfire, and not being able to maintain altitude, the pilot elected to make a forced landing in a rice field. After touchdown, the airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted. An examination by a certified mechanic revealed no anomalies which would have prevented normal engine operation. The reason for the partial loss of engine power was undetermined.

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

the loss of engine power as a result of fuel starvation. A contributing factor was the lack of suitable terrain for the forced landing.

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