NTSB Identification: CEN11CA477
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 13, 2011 in Minot, ND
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/06/2011
Aircraft: PIPER PA-25-235, registration: N7709Z
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 reported that he was departing from a gravel township road for an aerial application flight. During takeoff, he lowered the left wing to compensate for a crosswind. The left spray boom hit a buildup of dirt that was concealed by tall grass on the side of the road. This resulted in the airplane veering off the left side of the road and into a ditch which caused substantial damage to the wing and fuselage. The pilot reported that there was no mechanical malfunction or failure of the airplane.

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

The pilot's inadequate inspection of the takeoff area which resulted in a collision with terrain and the subsequent loss of control during takeoff.

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