NTSB Identification: LAX05CA250.
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Accident occurred Saturday, July 30, 2005 in Kerman, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/2005
Aircraft: Ayres S2R-134, registration: N4003Z
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

During the takeoff roll on the agricultural flight, the airplane failed to become airborne prior to rolling off the departure end of the runway, becoming entangled with bushes, and nosing over. The pilot had previously performed five spray flights from the dirt airstrip without mishap. The airplane had been reloaded and hot refueled between the flights. For the accident takeoff, the chemical load had been reduced from 350 gallons to 300 gallons at the pilot's request because the ambient air temperature was warming up. No mechanical malfunctions occurred with the airplane during the flight.

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

the pilot's failure to obtain an adequate airspeed during an attempted takeoff.

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