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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Make Model Name||AG-CAT Turbo|
|Operating Under FAR Part||other : 137|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : multi engine
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 250|
flight time total : 8300
flight time type : 170
|Anomaly||conflict : airborne critical|
inflight encounter other
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : landed in emergency condition|
|Consequence||faa : investigated|
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
This statement concerns a crop dusting incident with a grumman ag CAT at edmore, mi, on aug/xa/01. I was making a spray pass headed north on the west edge of a potato field which had a wire and telephone poles running along the edge. There was a wire located in the middle of the field that crossed west to east and was connected to the wire I was flying along on the west edge. As I was making my spray pass, I became confused as to the exact location of the wire in the middle of the field, which I had planned on going under. As I approached the wire, the top wing of the airplane blocked my view of it. I thought I had gone under it, but when started to pull out of the field it was directly in front of me. I struck it with the propeller and the upper wing. After the wire broke, the aircraft was running rough and had almost no power. I made an emergency landing in a potato field northwest of the field I was spraying, and the airplane went on its back because the ground was muddy. The FAA ruled this event an incident. It would be better to come in over the top of the wire in the middle of the field and fly away from it so a clear view of it is maintained.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A G164 (AG CAT) PLT STRUCK A PWR LINE WHILE SPRAYING A FIELD).
Narrative: THIS STATEMENT CONCERNS A CROP DUSTING INCIDENT WITH A GRUMMAN AG CAT AT EDMORE, MI, ON AUG/XA/01. I WAS MAKING A SPRAY PASS HEADED N ON THE W EDGE OF A POTATO FIELD WHICH HAD A WIRE AND TELEPHONE POLES RUNNING ALONG THE EDGE. THERE WAS A WIRE LOCATED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD THAT CROSSED W TO E AND WAS CONNECTED TO THE WIRE I WAS FLYING ALONG ON THE W EDGE. AS I WAS MAKING MY SPRAY PASS, I BECAME CONFUSED AS TO THE EXACT LOCATION OF THE WIRE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD, WHICH I HAD PLANNED ON GOING UNDER. AS I APCHED THE WIRE, THE TOP WING OF THE AIRPLANE BLOCKED MY VIEW OF IT. I THOUGHT I HAD GONE UNDER IT, BUT WHEN STARTED TO PULL OUT OF THE FIELD IT WAS DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF ME. I STRUCK IT WITH THE PROP AND THE UPPER WING. AFTER THE WIRE BROKE, THE ACFT WAS RUNNING ROUGH AND HAD ALMOST NO PWR. I MADE AN EMER LNDG IN A POTATO FIELD NW OF THE FIELD I WAS SPRAYING, AND THE AIRPLANE WENT ON ITS BACK BECAUSE THE GND WAS MUDDY. THE FAA RULED THIS EVENT AN INCIDENT. IT WOULD BE BETTER TO COME IN OVER THE TOP OF THE WIRE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD AND FLY AWAY FROM IT SO A CLR VIEW OF IT IS MAINTAINED.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.