NTSB Identification: FTW94FA041.
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Accident occurred Monday, November 29, 1993 in NEWARK, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/1994
Aircraft: QUICKSILVER MX II, registration: NONE
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Minor.

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.

THE PILOT ELECTED TO TAKE OFF FROM A FIELD ON A NORTHERLY HEADING WITH A WIND FROM THE SOUTHEAST AT 4 KNOTS. DURING TAKEOFF, THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH A TELEPHONE WIRE THAT WAS LOCATED ABOUT 480 FEET FROM THE SOUTH END OF THE FIELD AND 20 FEET ABOVE GROUND LEVEL. THE TERRAIN ROSE ABOUT 1 DEGREE WITH A GRASSY, UNEVEN, SURFACE. THE AIRCRAFT WAS A 2-SEAT VERSION OF AN ULTRALIGHT. ITS EMPTY WEIGHT WAS 300 LBS; ITS TAKEOFF WEIGHT WAS ESTIMATED TO BE 700 LBS (7 LBS ABOVE THE MAX LIMIT). THE AIRCRAFT WAS CONSIDERED TO BE IN THE AIRPLANE CATEGORY, BUT IT HAD NOT BEEN CERTIFICATED. THE PILOT HAD OWNED THE AIRCRAFT ABOUT 1-1/2 WEEKS & HAD NEVER FLOWN IT WITH A PASSENGER. AN EXAM OF THE AIRPLANE & ENGINE DID NOT DISCLOSE ANY MECHANICAL PROBLEMS. TOXICOLOGY TESTS WERE POSITIVE FOR MARIHUANA WITH LEVELS OF 0.008 UG/ML TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL, 0.084 UG/ML TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL CARBOXYLIC ACID DETECTED IN THE BLOOD, & 0.650 UG/ML TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL CARBOXYLIC ACID DETECTED IN THE URINE.

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

POOR JUDMENT OF THE PILOT AFTER USE OF DRUGS, HIS IMPROPER PLANNING/DECISION, AND HIS FAILURE TO REMAIN CLEAR OF AN OBSTRUCTION DURING TAKEOFF. FACTORS RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WERE: THE PILOT'S OVERCONFIDENCE WITH THE AIRCRAFT'S ABILITY, A TAILWIND CONDITION, RISING TERRAIN, AND AN OBSTRUCTION (TRANSMISSION LINE) NEAR THE END OF THE TAKEOFF AREA.

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