NTSB Identification: FTW02LA256.
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Accident occurred Saturday, September 14, 2002 in Altus, OK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/30/2003
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT-301, registration: N23736
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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The agricultural pilot was spraying malathion to a field and was attempting to fly the airplane between electrical wires when the vertical stabilizer contacted the electrical wires. A section of the vertical stabilizer and rudder separated from the airplane. During the ensuing forced landing to a wheat field the airplane cartwheeled and came to rest inverted.

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

the pilot's failure to maintain clearance with electrical wires while maneuvering during an aerial application flight.

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