NTSB Identification: FTW88LA112.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37419.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 29, 1988 in DENTON, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/11/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N98088
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 INSTRUCTOR WAS SIMULATING AN ENGINE-OUT EMERGENCY FOR THE DUAL STUDENT. THE STUDENT WAS MAKING AN APPROACH TO AN EMERGENCY FIELD WITH A LINE OF TREES ON THE APPROACH END. WHEN THE INSTRUCTOR BECAME AWARE THAT THEY MIGHT NOT REACH THE FIELD, HE DIRECTED THE STUDENT TO FLY TOWARDS A GAP IN THE TREES FOR MORE CLEARANCE. JUST BEFORE INITIATING A GO-AROUND, THE AIRCRAFT SETTLED AND COLLIDED WITH POWERLINES IN THE GAP. THE FLIGHTCREW HAD NOT CORRECTLY ASSESSED THE LOCATION OF THE TREES.

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)


Contributing Factors

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..SIMULATED


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION


Contributing Factors

GO-AROUND..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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