NTSB Identification: CHI84FA169.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26802.
Accident occurred Sunday, April 29, 1984 in WOODBURY, MN
Aircraft: CESSNA 172RG, registration: N6446V
Injuries: 4 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 A RADIO ANTENNA SUPPORT CABLE AT APRX 171 FT AGL DURING LOW ALTITUDE MANEUVERING IN SNOW SHOWERS.ONE WITNESS STATED THAT THE HEAVIEST SNOW SHOWERS WERE IN THE VICINITY OF THE ACCIDENT SITE. A POLICEMAN SAW THE ACFT OVER A FIELD NEAR THE KDWB RADIO ANTENNA. DURING THE WX BRIEFING THAT THE PLT RECEIVED 11 HOURS PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT THE WX WAS FORECAST TO CONSIST OF LOWERING CEILINGS, TURBULENCE AND ICING FOR THE PLANNED AFTERNOON RETURN FLT. ACCORDING TO RELATIVES WHO SAW THE FLT DEPART PRAIRIE DUE CHIEN AT ABOUT 1600 HRS CDT, IT WAS RAINING. LATER IN THE FLT THE PLT ANNOUNCED OVER THE RADIO THAT HE WAS DISORIENTED AND WHEN ASST WAS OFFERED HE STATED, 'I SURE COULD USE IT, YES.' HE WAS GIVEN VECTORS BY APPROACH CONTROL AND TOLD TO STEER 260 DEGREES. WHEN ASKED HIS ALT HE DID NOT RESPOND. THELAST RADAR CONTACT WAS IN THE VICINITY OF THE ACCIDENT SITE.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..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:

ALTITUDE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,STATIC

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