NTSB Identification: FTW89LA105.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 39891.
Accident occurred Thursday, May 25, 1989 in ADDISON, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/29/1992
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N6434J
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.

DURING A NIGHT OPERATION, THE PILOT TAXIED THE AIRCRAFT ONTO AN ADJOINING ROADWAY, WHERE IT STRUCK AN UNMARKED TELEPHONE POLE AND THEN VEERED INTO A DITCH.

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

FAILURE OF THE PILOT TO MAINTAIN CLEARANCE FROM THE TELEPHONE POLE. FACTORS RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WERE: DARKNESS, THE PILOT'S DISORIENTATION, LACK OF VISUAL PERCEPTION AT NIGHT, THE TELEPHONE (UTILITY) POLE, AND THE DITCH.

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