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N73088 accident description

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Crash location 36.077500°N, 88.969445°W
Nearest city Dyer, TN
36.066735°N, 88.993955°W
1.6 miles away
Tail number N73088
Accident date 28 Jun 2002
Aircraft type Air Tractor AT-301
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On June 28, 2002, about 0900 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-301, N73088, registered to a private individual, dba Russell Flying Service, collided with corn crops during the landing roll on a road near Dyer, Tennessee. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the 14 CFR Part 91 positioning flight. The airplane was substantially damaged and the commercial-rated pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. The flight originated about 10 minutes earlier from Everett-Steward Airport, Union City, Tennessee.

The pilot stated that he was positioning the airplane to where the accident occurred to load chemical. After touchdown on the road, the right wing contacted corn on the side of the road. The airplane veered 90 degrees and came to rest upright approximately 50 feet into the field.

The accident was reported by the FAA to the NTSB on July 30, 2002.

NTSB Probable Cause

The failure of the pilot to maintain wingtip clearance with corn crops at the edge of the road resulting in the collision with the crops.

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