NTSB Identification: DEN88LA161.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36364.
Accident occurred Monday, July 18, 1988 in BUCHANAN, ND
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/09/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-36-285, registration: N9990P
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 PLT SAID HE MADE SEVERAL SWATH RUNS PASSING UNDER A TRANSMISSION LINE AND OVER A POWER LINE THAT CROSSED THE END OF THE FLD BEING SPRAYED. HE SAID AS HE PASSED UNDER THE TRANSMISSION LINE DURING A RUN THE VERT STAB COLLIDED WITH THE LINE AND WAS DAMAGED. HE THEN DECIDED TO LAND ON A ROAD TO ASSESS THE DAMAGE. DURING THE FLARE, THE AIRCRAFT COULD NOT BE CONTROLLED WITH RUDDER. THE ACFT WENT INTO THE DITCH.

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLIGHT CONTROL,RUDDER..DISABLED


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION



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