NTSB Identification: ATL88FA199.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37341.
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 22, 1988 in HORSE SHOE, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/02/1989
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8A, registration: N1144B
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.

A WITNESS REPORTED THAT HE WAS IRRIGATING A NEWLY CULTIVATED CORN FIELD WITH A SPRAY IRRIGATION MACHINE. HE HEARD AND THEN OBSERVED THE ACCIDENT AIRPLANE FLY THROUGH OR JUST OVER A GAP IN THE TREES AT THE NORTHEAST END OF THE FIELD. THE AIRPLANE PROCEEDED TO FLY THROUGH THE IRRIGATING SPRAY AND COLLIDED WITH POWER LINES 37.8 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND. AFTER THE COLLISION THE AIRPLANE BECAME INVERTED AND COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND IN A NEAR VERTICAL DESCENT. THE EVIDENCE INDICATED THAT THE ENGINE WAS CAPABLE OF PROVIDING ADEQUATE POWER FOR FLT.

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

BUZZING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

OSTENTATIOUS DISPLAY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..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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