NTSB Identification: CHI04LA295.
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Accident occurred Friday, July 16, 2004 in Norton, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/2006
Aircraft: Aero Commander Callair A-9B, registration: N7798V
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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The agricultural airplane received substantial damage on impact with a utility pole and terrain during a forced landing. The airplane was en route to apply chemical to a field when it experienced an in-flight fire after originating from the departure airport located approximately 3 miles from the accident site. Inspection of the airplane revealed that a fuel line exhibited evidence of fire and adjacent lines did not exhibit similar damage. The operator had not been issued a 14 CFR Part 137 certificate.

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

The fire in the area of the fuel line and the unsuitable terrain encountered during an emergency landing by the pilot. Contributing factors were the pole.

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