NTSB Identification: LAX83FA305.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22596.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 25, 1983 in GEYSERVILLE, CA
Aircraft: PROUT LONG-EZE, registration: N81KP
Injuries: 2 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 WAS FIRST OBSERVED ROUNDING THE BEND IN THE RUSSIAN RIVER ABOUT 1 MI WEST OF THE BRIDGE FLYING IN AN EASTERLY DIRECTION, APPARENTLY FOLLOWING THE RIVER BED. THE ACFT'S ALTITUDE WAS DESCRIBED FROM 'JUST OVER THE WATER' TO 'TREE-TOPLEVEL.' AS THE ACFT APPROACHED THE BRIDGE IT CLIMBED TO AN ALTITUDE 'JUST ABOVE THE BRIDGE.' THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH POWER LINES WHICH WERE STRUNG OVER THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE BRIDGE BETWEEN TWO POLES ON EITHER SIDE OF THE BRIDGE. ONE WITNESS STATED THAT WHILE LOOKING IN THE ACFT'S DIRECTION OF TRAVEL, 'THE SUN WAS LOW ON THE HORIZON DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF THE PLANE AND VERY BRIGHT.'

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

BUZZING..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LIGHT CONDITION..SUNGLARE


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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