NTSB Identification: LAX88DVA10.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37963.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 14, 1988 in HURON, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/28/1989
Aircraft: AYRES S2R-T34, registration: N40071
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

DURING AN AERIAL APPLICATION FLIGHT AT NIGHT, THE AIRPLANE'S VERTICAL STABILIZER COLLIDED WITH A TRANSMISSION WIRE. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE VERTICAL STABILIZER & RUDDER WERE DISLOCATED & DIRECTIONAL CONTROL WAS LOST. REALIZING HE HAD LOST DIRECTIONAL CONTROL, THE PILOT ALLOWED THE ACFT TO IMMEDIATELY TOUCHDOWN & LAND. WHILE ON THE LANDING ROLL, THE ACFT HIT A 'WATER LINE.'

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

PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT



Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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