NTSB Identification: NYC83FHA03.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20288.
Accident occurred Sunday, January 16, 1983 in NEW HOPE, PA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-22-135, registration: N8604C
Injuries: 1 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.

THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH A POWER LINE WHILE THE PILOT AND A FRIEND IN ANOTHER PLANE WERE FLYING ALONG THE DELEWARE RIVER. THE PLT REPORTED THAT AS HE APPROACHED A BRIDGE, HE CLIMBED TO CLEAR OVER THE BRIDGE AND SOME POWER LINES, THEN STARTED TO DESCEND. HE STATED THAT THE NEXT THING HE REMEMBERED WAS WAKING UP IN THE WATER. HE WAS PULLED FROM THE WATER BY A MAN WHO LIVED NEARBY.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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