NTSB Identification: LAX83FU004.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21930.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 15, 1983 in LAKESIDE, CA
Aircraft: EIPPER QUICKSILVER MX, registration: NONE
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.
AFTER TAKEOFF, THE PLT ENCOUNTERED CLOUDS IN A MOUNTAINOUS AREA. SHE ELECTED TO FLY ABOVE THE CLOUDS, BUT HAD DIFFICULTY FINDING AN OPENING FOR A DESCENT. AFTER EVENTUALLY FINDING AN OPENING, SHE DESCENDED BELOW THE CLOUDS, BUT FOUND SHE WAS IN AN UNFAMILIAR AREA. THE PLT BECAME CONCERNED ABOUT RUNNING OUT OF FUEL & STARTED TO LAND IN THE BEST AVAILABLE AREA. HOWEVER, BEFORE LANDING, THE FRONT WHEEL OF THE ULTRALIGHT CONTACTED A HIGH TENSION WIRE & THE VEHICLE CRASHED.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND
BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND
PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND
PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND
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