NTSB Identification: FTW96FA048.
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Accident occurred Monday, November 20, 1995 in HUDSON, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/14/1996
Aircraft: BEECH A35, registration: N8759A
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

ON RETURN FROM A CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT, THE PILOT ATTEMPTED TO LAND AT HIS HOME BASED AIRPORT AT NIGHT. THE AIRPORT DOES NOT HAVE LIGHTS AND LIGHT CONDITIONS WERE A DARK NIGHT WITH NO MOON. ON HIS FIRST ATTEMPT THE PILOT COULD NOT LOCATE THE RUNWAY WHICH WAS MARKED AT THE THRESHOLD WITH REFLECTORS. ON THE SECOND ATTEMPT THE PILOT DESCENDED TO A LOWER ALTITUDE FOR BETTER GROUND REFERENCE AND COLLIDED WITH POWER LINES APPROXIMATELY ONE AND ONE HALF MILES FROM THE AIRPORT.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN CLEARANCE. A FACTOR WAS IMPROPER IN-FLIGHT PLANNING.

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