NTSB Identification: FTW84FA264.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26363.
Accident occurred Sunday, June 03, 1984 in HOUMA, LA
Aircraft: CESSNA A185F, registration: N4665E
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.

PLT WAS RETURNING TO HOME BASE OF OPERATIONS, EXECUTING STANDARD VISUAL APPROACH ALONG INTERCOASTAL WATERWAY ON WESTERLY BASE HEADING PRIOR TO TURN ON FINAL. ACFT COLLIDED WITH OVERHEAD GROUND WIRES OF POWER TRANSMISSION ARRAY SPANNING THE WATERWAY AT AN OVERPASS. INVESTIGATION REVEALED ACFT HEADING AT TIME OF IMPACT WAS INTO SETTING SUN, WITH STRONG REFLECTIVE GLARE FROM WATER. OPERATOR STATED WIRES WERE MARKED WITH ORANGE BALLS AT TIME OF MISHAP.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,STATIC(MARKED)


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..SUNGLARE

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