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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 169253
Last updated: 14 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C188 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna A188B AG-Wagon
Registration: N5850G
MSN: 18801153
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Hardeman County, north of Middleton, TN -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Bolivar, TN (M08)
Destination airport:Bolivar, TN (M08)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot was applying chemicals to a soybean field when the airplane struck power lines about 20 ft above the ground. The outboard half of the right wing was severed from the impact with the wires, and the airplane crashed north of the power lines. Data from a handheld GPS recovered at the accident site revealed that the airplane was in level flight, at low altitude, and on a northerly heading when it impacted the wires. Examination of the wreckage revealed no evidence of a preexisting anomaly or malfunction. The propeller blades exhibited signatures consistent with power at the time of impact, and several tree limbs were found along the debris field with smooth, 45-degree cuts. Toxicology testing on the pilot revealed that he was taking medications for hypertension and edema. The pilot had not reported these conditions to the Federal Aviation Administration; however, the autopsy report revealed no evidence of a heart attack or any other incapacitating event.

Probable Cause: The pilotís failure to see and avoid power lines during a low-level aerial application operation.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


(c)Will Crump, 1999

Revision history:

28-Aug-2014 04:59 Geno Added
28-Aug-2014 05:07 Geno Updated [Date, Time, Location, Narrative]
04-Sep-2014 07:20 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
10-Sep-2014 06:02 Will Crump Updated [Aircraft type]
10-Sep-2014 09:45 Anon. Updated [Photo, ]
09-Jan-2016 09:49 Anon. Updated [Damage]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
30-Nov-2017 19:01 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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