NTSB Identification: CHI88LA180.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37646.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 31, 1988 in ST. JACOB, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/07/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N9291T
Injuries: 1 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.

DURING THE INITIAL CLIMBOUT THE STUDENT PILOT FAILED TO ATTAIN SUFFICIENT ALTITUDE TO CLEAR THE POWER LINES LOCATED OFF OF THE DEPARTURE END OF THE RUNWAY. WHEN THE PILOT REALIZED THAT HE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO CLEAR THE POWER LINES, HE ELECTED TO ATTEMPT TO FLY UNDER THEM. THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH A SECOND (LOWER) SET OF WIRES AND FELL TO THE GROUND. THE TEMPERATURE WAS 92 DEGREES F AT THE TIME OF THE ACC.

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

FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TEMPERATURE EXTREMES



Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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