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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 133973
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Type:Silhouette image of generic M18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
WSK PZL Mielec M-18A Dromader
Owner/operator:Farmers Aerial Service Inc
Registration: N92640
MSN: 1Z025-22
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Blythe, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
On February 15, 1996, at 1700 hours Pacific standard time, a WSK PZL Mielec M-18-A, N92640, an aerial application spray aircraft, collided with the terrain during an attempted takeoff from a 2,500-foot-long dirt strip. The operation was under 14 CFR Part 137 when the accident occurred. The aircraft was destroyed and the commercial pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions existed at the time.

The pilot stated that the tachometer and manifold gauges were in the normal ranges and that he did not look at the airspeed indicator prior to takeoff. He said the aircraft just wouldn't lift-off. The aircraft veered off to the right side of the runway and collided with a canal. It then bounced to the other side, where the landing gear sheared off the aircraft.

The aircraft was loaded with about 2,800 pounds of chemical and water, which is a normal load according to the operator. The pilot reported no mechanical problems with the aircraft prior to the accident.
PROBABLE CAUSE:the pilot's premature lift-off and subsequent loss of control due to his failure to monitor the airspeed indicator during the takeoff roll.


NTSB id 20001208X05284

Revision history:

21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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