NTSB Identification: SEA96LA211.
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Accident occurred Friday, September 06, 1996 in PACIFIC CITY, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/23/1997
Aircraft: Cessna 172M, registration: N12382
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.

The pilot stated that he was flying along a river at an altitude of 200 feet. He reported that he was looking at the water, and then looked up to see an unmarked transmission wire which had been strung across the river. He attempted to fly the airplane underneath the wire, but it struck a smaller set of wires located below the wire that he initially saw.

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

the pilot's failure to see-and-avoid the transmission line. Factors relating to the accident were: the pilot's low altitude flight, and the transmission line.

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