NTSB Identification: MIA88FA179.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36488.
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 25, 1988 in LAKE CITY, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/16/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 172K, registration: N736VS
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 ACFT, WHILE ON A LOCAL FLIGHT, STRUCK A TELEPHONE TRANSMISSION LINE ON THE APPROACH END OF RUNWAY 1. WITNESSES STATED THAT THEY SAW THE ACFT TAKEOFF TO THE WEST AND MAKE A RIGHT TURN AND GO OUT OF SIGHT. APRX THREE TO FIVE MINUTES LATER, THEY HEARD THE ACFT CRASH. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT A HIGHER WIRE THAT WAS MARKED WITH RED BALLS, WAS REMOVED BY THE POWER COMPANY THE DAY BEFORE THE ACCIDENT, AND THE LOWER WIRE THAT WAS STRUCK BY THE AIRCRAFT WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN REMOVED SOON AFTER THE UPPER WIRE. TOXICOLOGICAL STUDIES PERFORMED ON THE PILOT BY THE OFFICE OF THE MEDICAL EXAMINER IN JACKSONVILLE, FL INDICATED A BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL OF 130 MG/DL. THE HARRIS MEDICAL LABORATORY OF FORT WORTH, TX REVEALED A BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL OF 286 MG/DL AND A URINE ALCOHOL LEVEL OF 289 MG/DL. ACCORDING TO TIRE TRACKS FOUND AT THE SCENE, THE ACFT TAXIED UNDER THE REMAINING WIRE BEFORE TAKING OFF TO THE WEST.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..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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