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14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Thursday, July 21, 2016 in Topeka, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/18/2017
Aircraft: GRUMMAN ACFT ENG COR-SCHWEIZER G 164A, registration: N7997
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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.
On his ninth spray pass, the pilot stated that he did not maintain adequate clearance above a wire near the edge of the field. He attempted an evasive climb after noticing the wire, but was unsuccessful, and the airplane contacted the wire. Following the wire strike, the pilot was able to recover the airplane and landed without further incident. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from a wire during an agricultural flight.