NTSB Identification: CHI94LA292.
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Accident occurred Monday, August 22, 1994 in CLIFTON, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/24/1995
Aircraft: GRUMMAN G-164A, registration: N8971H
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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THE AGRICULTURAL APPLICATION AIRPLANE WAS MAKING AN APPLICATION TURN WHEN IT STRUCK UNMARKED BUT KNOWN WIRES. THE PILOT EGRESSED THE AIRPLANE WITHOUT ASSISTANCE AND THE AIRPLANE WAS DESTROYED BY POST-CRASH FIRE. NO MECHANICAL DISCREPANCY WAS NOTED BY THE PILOT, NOR FOUND DURING POST CRASH INSPECTION.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

the pilots failure to keep visual contact with and to avoid unmarked powerlines adjacent to the crop field he was spraying.

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