NTSB Identification: CHI91FA216.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 44724.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 14, 1991 in SENECA, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/25/1993
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N7616W
Injuries: 1 Fatal,2 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.

THE PILOT WAS ON SHORT FINAL FOR LANDING AT A PRIVATE AIRPORT AND STRUCK AN UNMARKED POWER LINE. THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED INTO A CREEK SHORT OF THE RUNWAY. WITNESSES DESCRIBED THE APPROACH AS LOW AND FLAT. THE POWER LINE WAS 28 FEET ABOVE GROUND LEVEL, AND 485 FEET FROM THE RUNWAY THRESHOLD. EXAMINATION OF THE PILOT'S LOG BOOK REVEALED NO PREVIOUS RECORDED FLIGHTS TO THIS AIRPORT.

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

PROPER GLIDEPATH NOT MAINTAINED, AND INADEQUATE ALTITUDE AND VISUAL LOOKOUT BY THE PILOT IN COMMAND.

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