On June 21, 1998, at 2115 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 188B, N9209R, sustained substantial damage on impact with the terrain while making a swath run near South Haven, Michigan. The pilot said that the spray rig for dispensing chemicals caught in the bushes and the airplane was pulled into trees and the terrain. The pilot reported no injuries. The 14 CFR Part 137 aerial application flight was operating in visual meteorological conditions. No flight plan was on file for the local flight which departed South Haven about 2050.

The pilot said that he got too low and the spray rig caught in the bushes. He said he was unable to regain control of the airplane prior to it impacting with the trees and the terrain.

A post accident examination of the airplane failed to reveal any pre-accident anomalies which may have contributed to the accident.

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