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N175LA accident description

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Crash location 35.806389°N, 91.153333°W
Nearest city Tuckerman, AR
35.730633°N, 91.198460°W
5.8 miles away
Tail number N175LA
Accident date 29 May 2006
Aircraft type Air Tractor AT-802
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The 13,000-hour commercial pilot departed from a private airstrip for an aerial application flight. Approximately, 3 miles from the airstrip the 1,350 horsepower engine lost power and the pilot elected to execute a forced landing in a rice field. The pilot stated that he was "forced" to make the emergency landing in the rice field because of the "low altitude" he was at when the engine lost power. During the forced landing, the airplane received structural damage. The operator reported that he found "a substantial amount" of water in the airplane's header tank.

NTSB Probable Cause

The loss of engine power due to water contamination in the fuel. A contributing factor was the lack of suitable terrain for the forced landing.

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