NTSB Identification: DEN83LA137.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21078.
Accident occurred Friday, June 10, 1983 in SACO, MT
Aircraft: CESSNA A188B, registration: N4812Q
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TELEPHONE LINES DURING AN AERIAL APPLICATION RUN. THE PILOT'S SON REPORTED THAT THE ACFT WAS PULLING UP AT THE END OF A SPRAY RUN WHEN THE WIRES WERE HIT. MOST OF THE WIRES IN THIS AREA ARE UNDERGROUND HOWEVER THEWIRES AT THE END OF THIS FIELD WERE ON POLES. THE WIRES THAT WERE STRUCK WERE ABOUT 20 FT AGL AND CONSISTED OF 4 ARMORED CABLES. THESE ARE VERY STRONG CABLES AND DID NOT BREAK BUT SEVERAL OF THE POLES WERE SNAPPED OFF. THE ACFT HIT THE GROUND AFTER THE WIRE STRIKE AND TURNED 165 DEGREES. THE PILOT CRAWLED OUT OF THE WRECKAGE AND WAS FOUND 1/2 HR LATER.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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