NTSB Identification: FTW88FA044.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37527.
Accident occurred Monday, January 04, 1988 in MIDLAND, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/25/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 414A, registration: N6576C
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH POWER LINES AND THE GROUND SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF DURING INSTRUMENT CONDITIONS. THE ONLY EVIDENCE OF A MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE WHICH WAS FOUND WAS THE GYRO FOR THE PILOT'S ATTITUDE INDICATOR WHICH HAD NO INDICATION OF ROTATION AT IMPACT. THE PREVIOUS PILOT STATED THAT HE NORMALLY PULLED THE AC CIRCUIT BREAKER AFTER LANDING, THAT THE BREAKER SUPPLIED VOLTAGE TO THE PILOT'S ATTITUDE INDICATOR, AND THAT HE TOLD THE NEW PILOT OF THIS PROCEDURE WHICH WAS NOT ON THE AIRCRAFT'S CHECKLIST. THIS WAS THE NEW PILOT'S FIRST INSTRUMENT FLIGHT IN THIS AIRCRAFT. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA.

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

FLIGHT/NAV INSTRUMENTS,ATTITUDE GYRO..DISCONNECTED

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

ATTITUDE INDICATOR..NOT CORRECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING

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