NTSB Identification: FTW83FA226.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23387.
Accident occurred Monday, May 09, 1983 in NEW BRAUNFELS, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA 182R, registration: N5134E
Injuries: 4 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.

AT 2006 CDT, BEFORE DEPARTING SAN ANTONIO, TX, THE PLT OBTAINED A WX BREIFING. AT THAT TIME, HE WAS ADVISED TO EXPECT VFR CONDITIONS ON HIS FLT TO SAN MARCOS, TX, BUT IFR CONDITIONS WERE EXPECTED WHEN HE PLANNED TO RETURN AT ABOUT MIDNIGHT. THE PLT FLEW TO SAN MARCOS WHERE HE PERFORMED A COMEDY ACT FOR A NIGHT CLUB. HE BEGAN HIS RETURN FLT EARLY TO AVOID FORCASTED DETERIORATING WX. REPORTEDLY, LIGHT RAIN & FOG WERE PRESENT BEFORE THE ACFT DEPARTED SAN MARCOS. WHILE ON THE RETURN FLT, THE PLT WAS FLYING ALONG AN INTERSTATE HIGHWAY WHEN THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH 2 POWER LINE CABLES WHICH CROSSED OVER THE ROADWAY. THE ACFT THEN IMPACTED THE GROUND ABOUT 500 YARDS BEYOND THE POWER LINE & BURNED. THE CABLES WERE ESTIMATED TO BE 110 FT AGL BEFORE THEY WERE SEVERED BY IMPACT. A WITNESS, WHO WAS A PLT, ESTIMATED THE ACFT WAS FLYING ABOUT 75 TO 100 FT AGL BEFORE IMPACT. HE ESTIMATED THE CLOUDS BASES WERE ABOUT 200 TO 300 FT AGL & SAID THERE WAS RAIN & SLIGHT FOG IN THE AREA. REPORTEDLY, THE PLT STARTED TO PULL UP JUST BEFORE IMPACT.

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING



Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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