NTSB Identification: CEN13CA019
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 17, 2012 in Portales, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/22/2013
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT-502B, registration: N598LA
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 private pilot was maneuvering the airplane above a crop field during an aerial application flight. Upon entering the field from the south, the pilot misjudged the airplane’s distance from power lines and struck a power line. He subsequently lost control of the airplane, which impacted terrain and came to rest inverted, sustaining substantial damage to the empennage. The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical problems with the airplane or engine.

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

The pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from power lines during an aerial application flight.

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