NTSB Identification: FTW83FA079.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21287.
Accident occurred Sunday, January 09, 1983 in CUSHING, OK
Aircraft: MOONEY M20E, registration: N7778M
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.

THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH A POWERLINE DURING A LOW FLT DOWN A RIVER. THE ACFT IMPACTED 3 HIGH TENSION CABLES SPANNING THE RIVER. WITNESSES SAID THE ACFT WAS FLYING LOW AND FAST. THE COLLISION PRODUCED A SOUND 'LIKE A GUNSHOT' AND THE ACFT FELL TO THE GROUND AND BOUNCED. IT SPUN AROUND AND ENDING UP FACING IN A DIRECTION OPPOSITE TO THE FLT. THE WRECKAGE CAME TO REST ON A SANDBAR IN THE RIVER BED WITH A STRAND OF CABLE AROUND THE PROPELLER. BOTH OCCUPANTS RECEIVED FATAL INJURIES.

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LOW PASS..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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