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N7056U accident description

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Crash location 34.316667°N, 91.633334°W
Nearest city Dewitt, AR
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Tail number N7056U
Accident date 22 May 2009
Aircraft type Wsk Pzl Mielec M-18A
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot completed 5 previous aerial application flights in the airplane without incident. Prior to the 6th flight, the aircraft was refueled and reloaded with fertilizer. Due to a change in the winds; now easterly and with slight gusting conditions, the pilot elected to depart the airstrip heading south. During the takeoff roll, the pilot pulled the nose of the airplane up to clear a well stand-pipe, located at the south end of the runway. As the pilot applied correction for a slight right drift, "the airplane veered to the right, dropped to the ground, and slammed into a levee" finally stopping in an adjacent field. An examination of the well stand-pipe indicated that the aircraft had impacted the top of the pipe during the takeoff climb. There were no reported malfunctions with the airplane or engine, prior to the accident.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from the well stand-pipe during the takeoff climb.

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