NTSB Identification: MKC85FA179.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28466.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 10, 1985 in PALISADE, NE
Aircraft: PIPER PA-25-235, registration: N8941L
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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.

WHILE ON A SWATH RUN OVER A CORNFIELD, THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO MANEUVER UNDER POWER LINES THAT WERE SPANNING A LARGE DITCH. THE RIGHT WING STRUCK ONE OF THE THREE LOWER CABLES WHICH CUT INTO THE WING STRUCTURE. THE CABLE FINALLY SEPARATED RELEASING THE ACFT. THE ACFT BEGAN TO ROLL INVERTED & IMPACTED THE GROUND WITH THE LEFT WING FOLLOWED BY THE FUSELAGE. THE IMPACT & ENSUING FIRE DESTROYED THE ACFT. THE PLT DID NOT REMEMBER ESCAPING FROM THE BURNING ACFT. THE LOWER SET OF CABLES WERE LEVEL WITH THE DITCH RIM & WERE VERY DIFFICULT TO SEE WHILE IN FLT.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION


Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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