NTSB Identification: CEN14CA258
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Saturday, May 24, 2014 in Hunter, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/30/2014
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT 802A, registration: N802KT
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 the agriculture airplane was loaded with about 5,000 pounds of fertilizer and ¾ tank of fuel; he planned to depart a private grass airstrip which was about 2,600 feet long. The pilot departed the runway to the north, and the airplane's landing gear impacted a levee at the end of the runway. Once the landing gear impacted the levee, the airplane would not gain altitude and the pilot conducted a forced landing in an adjacent field. Examination of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the fuselage during the landing. The pilot reported there were no preimpact abnormalities with the airplane and added that a gust of wind or whirlwind caused the airplane not to climb. About the time of the accident, the temperature was 87 degrees F with a southern wind about 5-10 knots. It's likely the downwind departure, degraded the loaded airplane's takeoff performance.

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

The pilot's downwind takeoff from a grass airship, which resulted in inadequate climb performance and the subsequent impact with terrain.

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