On July 7, 1995, at 1130 central daylight time, an Aero Commander S2R, N8972Q, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Widener, Arkansas. The commercial pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the Title 14 CFR Part 137 aerial application flight operated by Cross Country Flying Service, Wynne, Arkansas. The flight originated at the Widener Airstrip in Widener, Arkansas, at 1125 and no flight plan was filed.

In the enclosed Pilot/Operator report (NTSB Form 6120.1/2), the pilot reported that while coming out of a turn during fertilization of a rice field, the engine "suddenly lost power." The pilot attempted to dump his chemical load and executed a forced landing into a field. The pilot stated that as he prepared to land he noticed power lines to his front, so he was forced to raise the nose and fly over them. He further stated, after clearing the wires the aircraft "stalled" and the aircraft descended to ground impact. The aircraft sustained damage to the wing spars and fuselage.

An examination of the aircraft and engine did not reveal any anomalies that could have resulted in a loss of engine power.

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