NTSB Identification: LAX83LA384.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22370.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 13, 1983 in N. PALM SPRINGS, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 150K, registration: N6379G
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 PLT REPORTED HE ORIGINALLY INTENDED TO FLY APRX 19 MI TO THE PALM SPRINGS ARPT TO PERFORM NIGHT LANDINGS TO ACQUIRE NIGHT CURRENCY. HOWEVER, DUE TO A RADIO MALFUNCTION, HE WAS UNABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE CONTROL TOWER. THEREFORE, HE DECIDED TO RETURN TO HIS HOME IN YUCCA VALLEY. THE PLT ALSO REPORTED THAT HE WAS IN THE PROCESS OF CIRCLING NORTH OF PALM SPRINGS TO GAIN ALT WHEN THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH POWER LINES. IT COLLIDED WITH THE TOP WIRE OF AN INTRASTATE POWER TRANSMISSION LINE, APRX 100 FT AGL, THEN CRASHED. REPORTEDLY, THE PLT'S WIFE WAS WORKING IN A FAMILY OWNED RESTAURANT WITHIN 1/2 MI OF THE CRASH SITE.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND
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