NTSB Identification: CHI02LA221.
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Accident occurred Friday, July 26, 2002 in Ulen, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/13/2003
Aircraft: Air Tractor 301, registration: N3167P
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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The airplane was damaged when it impacted into a soybean field and nosed over during takeoff from a private airstrip. In a written statement, the pilot stated, "Departed as normal, aircraft at midpoint didn't seem to accelerate normally. By the time I got done rechecking flaps, prop, mixture, [and] power, my booms caught the soybeans [and] pulled me down until I went inverted. A postaccident examination of the airplane did not reveal any anomalies.

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

The pilot not performing an aborted takeoff. A factor was the soybean crop.

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