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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 214663
Last updated: 5 July 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C188 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna A188B AGtruck
Owner/operator:McElwain Sprayers, LLC
Registration: N78417
MSN: 18801952T
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Amelia Earhart Airport (K59), Atchison, KS -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Atchison, KS (K59)
Destination airport:Atchison, KS (K59)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The commercial pilot was conducting agricultural application operations. He reported that, after topping off the airplane with fuel and flying two loads, on the third takeoff, the airplane "would not come off the ground." He checked the engine controls, then dumped the load in an unsuccessful attempt to become airborne before the end of the runway. The airplane continued off the runway and impacted terrain, which resulted in substantial damage to the wings and fuselage. The airplane owner witnessed the attempted takeoff and reported that the engine puffed black smoke during the takeoff run. He added that the fuel servo provided a mixture that was too rich, so the pilots would reduce the mixture on the ground and then use a full rich mixture for takeoff. A visual examination of the engine did not reveal any evidence of anomalies. Although the appearance of black smoke from the engine is consistent with an overly rich fuel mixture, based on the information provided by the pilot and no anomalies found during the engine examination, the reason for the partial loss of engine power could not be determined.

Probable Cause: The partial loss of engine power for reasons that could not be determined during the postaccident examination.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 9 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

25-Aug-2018 14:19 Geno Added
08-Jun-2020 08:38 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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