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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 177361
Last updated: 29 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic M18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
WSK PZL Mielec M-18 Dromader
Owner/operator:Commercial Agri Aircraft Operators
Registration: N203H
MSN: 1Z004-09
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Brinkley, AR -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Brinkley, AR (NONE)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The 6,500-hour commercial pilot flying the radial engine powered agricultural airplane, was taking off from a 1/2-mile long private grass airstrip, loaded with sulfides to spray a local field. As the airplane became airborne, it settled at the departure end of the runway, and impacted a slightly elevated roadway berm which was oriented perpendicular to the departure end of the runway. The pilot reported that he believed that he loaded "too much" sulfides in the hopper, and the airplane "stalled" just after liftoff. According to the operator, the maximum takeoff weight of the airplane was 11,700 pounds (with a STC for a 800-gallon hopper). The pilot stated that he did not know his exact takeoff weight at the time of the accident.

Probable Cause: The pilots failure to attain flying airspeed after takeoff. A factor was the overloading of agricultural chemicals that exceeded the airplane's maximum takeoff weight.




Revision history:

27-Jun-2015 20:05 Noro Added
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
07-Dec-2017 17:58 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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