NTSB Identification: DEN87FA203.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34835.
Accident occurred Friday, July 31, 1987 in KALISPELL, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/07/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA A188B, registration: N231SH
Injuries: 1 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.

A CESSNA AG WAGON, N731SH, HIT AN ELECTRICAL PWR LINE DURING A CLIMBING TURN WHILE CROP SPRAYING. THE ACFT WAS OBSERVED PLUMMETING TO THE GROUND. THE ACFT WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED AND THE PLT RECEIVED FATAL INJURIES. THE PLT WAS CLIMBING INTO THE SUN WHICH INTERFERED WITH HIS ABILITY TO SEE THE PWR LINE.

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

LIGHT CONDITION..SUNGLARE

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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