NTSB Identification: LAX83LA074.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21636.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Monday, January 17, 1983 in DIXON, CA
Aircraft: Aero Commander 500, registration: N6239B
Injuries: 2 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.

REPORTEDLY, THE ACFT WAS ON AN AIR TAXI CARGO FLT, OPERATED BY AIR EXPRESS, HAYWARD, CA. THE ACFT REPORTEDLY DEPARTED RENO, NV WITHOUT A FLT PLAN FOR A FLT TO SACRAMENTO & HAYWARD, CAL. WHILE EN ROUTE, THE ACFT HAD AN ELECTRICAL FAILURE. THE PLT STATED THAT HE TURNED OFF ALL UNNECESSARY ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT & WHEN HE WAS APPROACHING TRAVIS AFB, HE TURNED ON 1 RADIO & REQUESTED A PART APPROACHTO LAND. HOWEVER, WHILE RECEIVING VECTORS, HE LOST RADIO CONTACT & ELECTED TO LAND ON A ROAD. DURING THE LANDING, A WING OF THE ACFT HIT A TELEPHONE POLE. THE WX AT TRAVIS WAS 400 FT OVERCAST, VISIBILITY 1 3/4 MI WITH FOG. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE RIGHT GENERATOR ARMATURE LEAD HAD BEEN REMOVED & WAS INSULATED FROM ELECTRICAL CONTACT. THE LEFT GENERATOR ARMATURE LEAD HAD BROKEN LOOSE & THE BATTERY HAD BECOME DISCHARGED. THE OPERATOR DID NOT SUBMIT AN ACCIDENT REPORT, SO THE TYPE OF OPERATION IS PRESUMED.

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

MAINTENANCE..INADEQUATE

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

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM,ELECTRIC WIRING..FAILURE,TOTAL

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

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM,BATTERY..LOW LEVEL

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

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM..FAILURE,TOTAL


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..UTILITY POLE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM,GENERATOR..INOPERATIVE


Contributing Factors

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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