April 12, 2006, Smith Center, Kan. / Piper PA-25-235


The airplane sustained substantial damage when it impacted terrain at about 1142 Central time. Visual conditions prevailed for the aerial application flight; the pilot reported no injuries. The pilot was on his first pass over a field when he noted that the airplane would not climb and initiated a left turn. The airplane descended, striking the ground and coming to rest in a ditch beside a highway.


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