NTSB Identification: NYC00LA115.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 01, 2000 in PARKER, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/02/2001
Aircraft: Mooney M-20F, registration: N737HB
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot decided to conduct a simulated engine failure over an agricultural field, with an intended recovery at '60-70 feet above the ground.' When he was satisfied that he 'made the field,' a flock of geese distracted him, and the airplane struck a wire. The pilot then returned to the originating airport to assess the damage to the airplane.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain an adequate visual lookout, due to his distraction with a flock of birds. A factor was the pilot's improper in flight decision to continue the simulated engine failure to too low of an altitude.

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