NTSB Identification: SEA88LA062.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35548.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 19, 1988 in UMPQUA, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/1989
Aircraft: AERONCA 7AC, registration: N81788
Injuries: 2 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

WHILE FLYING LOW OVER A RIVER THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK UNMARKED TELEPHONE WIRES. AN OFF-AIRPORT LANDING WAS MADE ONTO A COW PASTURE. DURING THE LANDING THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK THE GROUND NOSE FIRST. POST ACC INSPECTION REVEALED TELEPHONE WIRE INSULATION WEDGED NEAR THE BOTTOM OF THE CARBURETOR AIR CLEANER. THE TELEPHONE WIRE HAD BROKEN THE CARBURETOR CASTING THAT HOLDS THE CARB TO THE INTAKE PIPES. THE PLT SAID THAT HE LOST ENG POWER. THE DAMAGE NOTED WOULD RESULT IN LOSS OF POWER. THE PLT OFFERED NO EXPLANATION FOR THE LOW FLYING BUT SENT HIS PLT CERT TO FAA AND SAID HE HAD VIOLATED FAR'S. HIS RECOMMENDATION FOR PREVENTION WAS TO AVOID LOW FLYING.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..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


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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