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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 133160
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Date:21-JUN-1995
Time:11:25
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT3P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Air Tractor AT-401
Owner/operator:Corpora Aerial Service, Inc.
Registration: N4537L
MSN: 401-0781
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Hearne, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Agricultural
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On June 21, 1995, at 1125 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-401, N4537L, was destroyed during a forced landing near Hearne, Texas. The commercial pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the aerial application flight.

According to the operator, the engine lost power during initial takeoff climb while departing an agricultural airstrip with a load of pesticides. He added that the pilot's windshield was covered with engine oil restricting the pilot's vision. He further stated that the airplane landed hard in a cotton field, followed by a loss of control.

Post accident examination of the engine by the operator revealed that the loss of engine power was due to the failure of the number two cylinder.
PROBABLE CAUSE:THE LOSS OF ENGINE POWER AS RESULT OF THE FAILURE OF THE NUMBER TWO CYLINDER. FACTORS WERE THE UNSUITABLE TERRAIN AVAILABLE FOR THE FORCED LANDING AND THE PILOT'S RESTRICTED VISION DUE TO OIL ON THE WINDSHIELD.

Sources:

NTSB id 20001207X03715


Revision history:

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