NTSB Identification: CEN13LA341
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Saturday, June 08, 2013 in Farnsworth, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/13/2014
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT-301, registration: N4421S
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.
The pilot of the agricultural airplane reported that, as he was beginning a spray pass, the airplane sustained a partial loss of engine power. He attempted to dump his chemical load but was unable to maintain altitude and executed a forced landing to a field. He said that the engine continued to run smoothly but at a reduced power setting during the event. Postaccident examination of the engine revealed no anomalies that would explain the partial loss of engine power. The temperature and dew point were within a range of susceptibility for carburetor icing during glide and cruise power settings. However, the sudden reduction of power with the engine continuing to run smoothly described by the pilot was not consistent with the gradual reduction in power and rough running typically associated with carburetor icing.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The partial loss of engine power for reasons that could not be determined because the postaccident engine examination revealed no anomalies.
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