NTSB Identification: CHI02LA238.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, August 06, 2002 in Sturgis, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/06/2002
Aircraft: Schweizer G-164B, registration: N8444K
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The airplane was damaged when it nosed over during a forced landing in a soybean field following a loss of engine power while maneuvering. The airplane was involved in an aerial application flight. A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the turbine section of the engine had failed.

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

The failure of the turbine section of the engine, and the unsuitable terrain encountered for the forced landing. The low altitude was a factor.

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