NTSB Identification: CHI85FA226.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28914.
Accident occurred Friday, June 07, 1985 in RED LAKE FALLS, MN
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER G-164A, registration: N6761Q
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.
THE PLT HAD BEEN SPRAY A FIELD IN NORTH & SOUTH DIRECTIONS, THEN ELECTED TO MAKE A SWATH RUN FROM EAST TO WEST TOWARD THE SUN. THIS PASS WAS MADE LATE IN THE DAY. WHILE ON THE SWATH RUN, THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH AN UNMARKED WIRE, THEN VEERED & CRASHED IN A WOODED AREA WHERE THE ACFT BURNED. REPORTEDLY, THE PLT HAD BEEN WORKING FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET ALMOST EVERY DAY, AND WHEN HE WAS NOT FLYING, HE WAS TENDING TO THE ACFT & OTHER BUSINESS MATTERS.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND
FATIGUE..PILOT IN COMMAND
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