NTSB Identification: ATL96LA058.
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Accident occurred Thursday, March 07, 1996 in LIVINGSTON, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/29/1996
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24, registration: N7913P
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

During an instrument flight rules flight from Wheeling, Illinois, to Athens, Georgia, the pilot encountered severe icing conditions and elected to make a precautionary landing at Livingston, Tennessee. He stated that while on final approach, he failed to see electrical wires and telephone poles at the approach end of the runway. The airplane struck the wires, then collided with the ground. The pilot did not report any mechanical difficulty with the airplane during the flight.

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

Failure of the pilot to see-and-avoid obstructions (electrical lines), while on final approach to land after encountering icing conditions and diverting to a new destination (alternate airport).

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