NTSB Identification: LAX84FA481.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27296.
Accident occurred Saturday, September 15, 1984 in SANTA PAULA, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-236, registration: N8279L
Injuries: 4 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.

AFTER DEPARTING RWY 22 AT SANTA PAULA ARPT, THE ACFT FLEW SW ALONG THE SANTA CLARA RIVER + STRUCK A TELEPHONE WIRE 2.6 SM FROM THE RWY END. WITNESSES SAW ACFT FLY LEVEL AT ABOUT 8O FT AGL WITH NORMAL POWER SOUNDS PRIOR TO WIRE CONTACT. THEWIRE STRIKE CAUSED THE INFLIGHT SEPARATION OF THE OUTBOARD LEFT WING PANEL AND THE ACFT IMPACTED IN A MARSHY PORTION OF THE RIVER BED ABOUT 450 FT BEYOND THE WIRE. INVESTIGATION REVEALED NO PRE-IMPACT MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

BUZZING..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION(MARKED)


Contributing Factors

OSTENTATIOUS DISPLAY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

JUDGMENT..NOT UNDERSTOOD..PILOT IN COMMAND

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