NTSB Identification: DEN88LA077.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35498.
Accident occurred Sunday, February 21, 1988 in GILA, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/1989
Aircraft: AERONCA 7AC, registration: N2359E
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

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 PLT SAID THAT HE AND HIS FRIEND WERE ON A PLEASURE FLT FOLLOWING A RIVER BED WHEN HE SPOTTED SOME ELECTRICAL POWER LINES AHEAD. HE SAID THAT HE FELT THAT HE HAD ADEQUATE CLEARANCE OVER THE LINES BUT THAT HE DID NOT SEE THE STATIC LINE ABOVE THE WIRES. THE ACFT STRUCK THE UNMARKED LINE CAUSING THE PLT TO LOSE CONTROL OF THE ACFT. THE ACFT SUBSEQUENTLY FLIPPED UPSIDE DOWN AND STRUCK THE GROUND INVERTED. THE PLT SAID IT WOULD BE GREAT IF THE STATIC LINES WERE MARKED WITH ORANGE BALL MARKERS. THE PASSENGER ALSO STATED THAT THE WIRES NEED TO BE MARKED.

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

OBJECT..WIRE,STATIC

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

ALTITUDE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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