NTSB Identification: LAX86FA260.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33466.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 21, 1986 in MARYSVILLE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/07/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N4873H
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.

AT 0203 PDT, THERE WAS AN ELECTRICAL POWER OUTAGE WHEN A CESSNA 152, N4873H, COLLIDED WITH A POWER LINE THAT CROSSED THE FEATHER RIVER NEAR MARYSVILLE, CA. THE ACDNT OCCURRED AS A STUDENT PLT WAS FLYING OVER THE RIVER AT LOW ALT WITH A PASSENGER ABOARD AT NIGHT. THE WRECKAGE WAS FOUND AT 0519 PDT BY PERSONNEL FROM THE POWER COMPANY. ACCORDING TO THE OPERATOR, THE STUDENT PLT HAD ACCESS TO A LOCKED OFFICE WHERE THE ACFT KEYS WERE KEPT. RPRTDLY, THE STUDENT TOOK THE ACFT WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION. TOXICOLOGY CHECKS PERFORMED AT AN FAA LAB, SHOWED THE STUDENT PLT HAD ALCOHOL LVLS OF 0.205%IN HIS BLOOD & 0.297% IN HIS URINE. THERE WAS EVIDENCE THAT HE HAD CONSUMED A MEDICATION (METHAMPHETAMINE) & COCAINE IN THE PREVIOUS FEW DAYS. A TEST OF HIS URINE SHOWED LEVELS OF 0.067 FOR METHAMPHETAMINE & 0.24 UG/ML FOR BENZOYLECGONINE (A METABOLITE OF COCAINE); HOWEVER, BLOOD TESTS FOR DRUGS & MEDICATIONS WERE NEGATIVE.

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

QUALIFICATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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