NTSB Identification: DEN84LA279.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25447.
Accident occurred Thursday, June 28, 1984 in STANLEY, ND
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18-150, registration: N3574Z
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.

THE PLT REPORTED THAT HE WAS SPRAYING A FIELD WITH 2 POWER LINES AT THE NORTH EDGE. HE HAD BEEN MAKING PASSES UNDER THE WIRES, BUT WHERE 2 POLES WERE TOO CLOSE TOGETHER, HE DECIDED TO FLY OVER THE WIRES. AFTER MAKING A PROCEDURE TURN BACK TOWARD THE FIELD, HE REDUCED THE POWER AS HE CROSSED OVER THE WIRES & DESCENDED, THEN REAPPLIED POWER. HOWEVER, HE SAID HE WAS TOO LATE & THE ACFT STRUCK THE GROUND IN A 3-POINT ATTITUDE. AT THAT TIME, THE BELLY TANK SEPARATED, FOLDED UNDER THE AFT SECTION & DAMAGED 2 LONGERONS FORWARD OF THE TAIL SECTION. THE PLT WAS ABLE TO CONTINUE FLYING & LANDED WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT. ALSO, THE TIPS OF BOTH PROP BLADES WERE CHIPPED.

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

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

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

THROTTLE/POWER CONTROL..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)

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