NTSB Identification: ATL85FA140.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28598.
Accident occurred Friday, April 19, 1985 in HAWESVILLE, KY
Aircraft: CESSNA 140, registration: N72587
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 ACFT COLLIDED WITH AND SUNK INTO THE OHIO RIVER FOLLOWING A WING SEPARATION AFTER CONTACTING THE LOWEST WIRE IN A SET OF 3 POWER LINES WHICH SPANNED THE RIVER. TWO OTHER WIRES WERE LOCATED ABOVE THE SET OF 3 POWER LINES. WITNESSES ON AND NEAR THE RIVER REPORTED SEEING THE ACFT FLYING LOW ALONG THE RIVER. ONE WITNESS ON A BOAT STATED HE LOOKED DOWN AT THE ACFT AS IT FLEW BY APRX 50 FT AWAY FROM THE CRAFT. THE ACFT WAS REPORTED TO BE IN LEVEL FLT HEADING EAST ALONG THE RIVER JUST PRIOR TO CONTACTING THE POWER LINE.

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

BUZZING..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..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



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