NTSB Identification: ATL86LA238.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32273.
Accident occurred Monday, September 01, 1986 in MT OLIVE, AL
Aircraft: JOE ALMON FALCON XP, registration: N548YA
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.

WHILE APCHG TO LAND, THE REGISTERED ULTRALIGHT ACFT ENCOUNTERED A DOWNDRAFT WHICH EXCEEDED ITS CLIMB PERFORMANCE. THE ACFT WAS HEADED TWD POWER LINES, SO THE PLT ELECTED TO FLY UNDER THE LINES. AS THE ULTRALIGHT WAS CROSSING UNDER THE POWER LINES, ONE OF ITS VERTICAL FINS HIT THE BOTTOM CABLE WHICH DISABLED THE ACFT'S LEFT RUDDER CONTROL. THE ACFT TURNED TO THE RGT TWD A HILL & WOULD NOT CLIMB SUFFICIENTLY TO CLEAR OVER TREES. THE PLT INTENTIONALLY ALLOWED THE ACFT TO MUSH INTO THE TREES WHILE HE STILL HAD CONTROL.

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION(MARKED)



Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)




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