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NTSB releases preliminary Cates report

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on the tragic accident Tuesday that killed Barton County Commissioner Don Cates. This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors.
On April 22, 2014, about 1:30 p.m. central daylight time, N51990, an Air Tractor 502B, was destroyed when it collided with power lines then terrain while spraying a hay field in Garfield. Kansas. The airline transport rated pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Farmer’s Spraying Service Incorporated, Pratt, Kansas. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was ...

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