NTSB Identification: LAX90FA017.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42376.
Accident occurred Thursday, October 26, 1989 in LAKE BERRYESSA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/29/1992
Aircraft: BEECH F35, registration: N5034B
Injuries: 2 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.
THE PILOT AND PASSENGER PLANNED A 40 NM PLEASURE FLIGHT TO A NEIGHBORING AIRPORT FOR LUNCH. ON THE RETURN FLIGHT, THE PILOT FLEW LOW OVER LAKE BERRYESSA. WHILE CROSSING THE LAKE, THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH TWO TRANSMISSION WIRES THAT SPANNED THE LAKE, THEN CRASHED. THE LINES WERE ABOUT 125 AND 135 FT AGL AND WERE DEPICTED ON THE SECTIONAL AERONAUTICAL CHART.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: INADEQUATE VISUAL LOOKOUT BY THE PILOT AND HIS FAILURE TO MAINTAIN PROPER ALTITUDE. THE POWER LINES WAS A RELATED FACTOR.
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