NTSB Identification: SEA83FA062.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20413.
Accident occurred Sunday, March 13, 1983 in GLENNS FERRY, ID
Aircraft: CESSNA 150J, registration: N60461
Injuries: 1 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 WIRES AND CRASHED DURING A LOW PASS WHILE IT WAS BEING DELIVERED TO A REPAIR STATION. THE PILOT WAS FLYING LOW TO KEEP PACE WITH HIS WIFE WHO WAS FOLLOWING IN A CAR TO TRANSPORT THE PILOT AFTER LANDING. WITNESSES OBSERVED THE ACFT MAKING ORBITAL PASSES OVER THE SNAKE RIVER. ON THE FINAL PASS, THE ACFT DESCENDED INTO THE RIVER CANYON AND COLLIDED WITH UNMARKED POWERLINES SPAWNING THE GORGE AT A HEIGHT OF 116 FEET ABOVE THE RIVER. THE ACFT FELL ONTO THE GRAVEL BALLAST OF THE TRACK BED OF THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD WHICH PARALLELED THE RIVER.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LOW PASS..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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