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NTSB Identification: CEN17CA120
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Thursday, March 02, 2017 in Fairmont, OK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/15/2017
Aircraft: AERO COMMANDER S2R, registration: N1755S
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 stated that he was conducting spray operations to a pasture with power lines on its north border. As the pilot approached the pasture from the north on his fourth pass, he intended to descend after flying past the second of two cables. The pilot initiated a descent, but the airplane struck the second cable. The airplane subsequently impacted the ground and a postimpact fire ensued. Following the accident, the pilot stated that he misidentified the first cable as the second cable.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from a power line while conducting agricultural spray operations.