NTSB Identification: DEN08LA105
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Thursday, June 19, 2008 in Garwood, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/21/2010
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR AT-301A, registration: N3166H
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

According to the pilot, he was taking off from a private airstrip with a full load of fertilizer when he "lost the number 2 cylinder." Due to the loss of engine power, during the ensuing forced landing the pilot was unable to keep the airplane from striking a levy. Both main landing gears, hopper, gate box, fertilizer spreader, and tailwheel assembly were torn off. The left wing tip was bent, and the engine mount was broken. An examination of the airplane revealed a fractured number 2 cylinder head. Flight control continuity was confirmed. No other anomalies were found.

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

A loss of engine power due to the total failure of the number 2 cylinder.

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