NTSB Identification: CEN10CA582
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Friday, September 17, 2010 in Atkins, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/12/2011
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT-301, registration: N2309F
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.

The pilot was conducting an aerial application flight when he observed a puff of smoke from the radial engine. The engine then experienced a partial loss of power and the pilot attempted to land at a nearby airstrip. While maneuvering to land, the airplane's descent rate did not allow for a landing on the airstrip and the pilot subsequently landed in a rice field. During the landing roll, the airplane nosed over and sustained substantial damage to its vertical fin. The reason for the loss of engine power could not be determined.

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

A partial loss of engine power during low-altitude flight for undetermined reasons.

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