NTSB Identification: FTW90LA166.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42916.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 25, 1990 in DENVER CITY, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/14/1992
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-200, registration: N9316N
Injuries: 3 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 AND TWO PASSENGERS WITH BAGGAGE DEPARTED RUNWAY 04 WITH A 10 KNOT QUARTERING TAIL WIND. DURING THE INITIAL CLIMB, THE AIRPLANE STRUCK A STATIC WIRE APPROXIMATELY 1.2 STATUTE MILES FROM THE AIRPORT. THE AIRPORT ELEVATION WAS 3,575 FEET AND THE DENSITY ALTITUDE WAS ESTIMATED TO BE 6,000 FEET AT THE TIME OF TAKE OFF. THE LANDING GEAR WAS DOWN AT IMPACT. THE PILOT DID NOT USE THE FUEL BOOST PUMP FOR TAKE OFF AND HAD OVER LEANED THE FUEL MIXTURE, ACCORDING TO THE FAA INVESTIGATOR.

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

THE PILOT'S IMPROPER LEANING OF THE FUEL MIXTURE.

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