NTSB Identification: FTW96LA290.
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Accident occurred Monday, July 01, 1996 in JOHNSTOWN, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/23/1996
Aircraft: Cessna 172L, registration: N19682
Injuries: 4 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 a local area personal flight, the aircraft struck two power lines approximately 1 mile apart, the second of which sheared off approximately 1/3 of the vertical stabilizer and rudder. The pilot then flew the aircraft back to the point of departure, a distance of about 70 miles, and parked the aircraft in a shelter. He did not report the power line encounter. The aircraft was found the following day with evidence of substantial damage to many portions of the aircraft.

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

failure of the pilot to maintain proper altitude/clearance from obstructions, while buzzing.

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