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Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Friday 4 May 1973
Time:08:00
Type:Howard 350
Operator:Clarks Aerial Service
Registration: N45CK
C/n / msn: 5333
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Union Springs, AL (   United States of America)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Nature:Agricultural
Departure airport:Union Springs-Franklin Field Airport, AL, United States of America
Destination airport:Union Springs-Franklin Field Airport, AL, United States of America
Narrative:
A Howard 350, converted for crop spraying operations, descended just prior to the first swath run and impacted terrain in near level attitude. A post-impact fire broke out.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - misjudged speed and altitude
pilot in command - diverted attention from operation of aircraft
FACTOR:
miscellaneous acts,conditions - jettisoned load

Sources:
» NTSB
» The Lockheed Twins / P.J. Marsden


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