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N2353W accident description

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Crash location 37.316667°N, 96.883333°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Cambridge, KS
37.316138°N, 96.664469°W
12.0 miles away
Tail number N2353W
Accident date 12 Aug 2004
Aircraft type Air Tractor AT-301
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On August 12, 2004, about 1000 central daylight time, an Air Tractor, AT-301, N2353W, operated by a commercial pilot, sustained substantial damage on impact with a tree and terrain during initial climb from a private airport near Cambridge, Kansas. The aerial application flight was operating under 14 CFR Part 137. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. No flight plan was on file. The pilot reported minor injuries. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.

The pilot's accident report stated:

When I first powered up the engine, I thought it seemed a bit rough

running, but soon it straightened up. I looked down, at the manifold

pressure to see if the blower was producing, and it was at 36 inches,

which was normal for this aircraft. At this point, I concluded that

the engine was okay and seemed to be producing adequate power.

The takeoff roll was as I had expected, with rotation and liftoff at

about the point it should have been. Then, the AT 301 seemed to

settle back to the runway, with the tail wheel hitting first, which put

the main gear back on the runway. With this bounce the AT 301

went back into the air, and I thought I was going to carry the load

on out. There was no time left at this point to shut down, and I

thought it was going to fly. Just after crossing the end of the

runway, the plane lost altitude with the left wing catching a tree,

which tore off the left aileron and immediately put me on the

ground, hitting with the left wing and engine first. The impact spun

the aircraft around counterclockwise. The tail hit and the engine

came off, which passed through the left wing, severing about 5 - 6

feet off. The plane skidded backwards about 50 feet to a stop,

crumpling the tail section. I received minor injuries, and was

fully aware during the entire flight.

A Federal Aviation Administration Inspector performed an on-scene examination of the wreckage. No pre-impact anomalies were detected during that examination.

The pilot's safety recommendation stated:

If I had an engine analyzer which could have told of a cylinder that

was not up to standard - there would not have been any take off

attempted. From now on any ag aircraft I fly I will have my left

hand resting on the dump on take off.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot not jettisoning his chemical load during initial climb with the reported loss of airplane performance. Factors were the reported loss of aircraft performance and the tree.

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