NTSB Identification: LAX01LA300.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, September 04, 2001 in Cottonwood, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/25/2003
Aircraft: Cessna 182G, registration: N3250S
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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While on approach, at night, the airplane collided with 60-foot power lines approximately 4 miles from the airport. The airplane came to rest inverted. The flight had departed from Colorado Springs, Colorado, and was destined for Phoenix, Arizona. The airport elevation was 3,550 feet msl, with a traffic pattern altitude of 4,350 feet (800 feet agl). The airplane's altimeter read 2,850 feet. Witnesses observed the airplane flying at a low altitude and then a dust cloud. They also observed fuel flowing out of the engine. Recovery personnel noted about 12 gallons of fuel was recovered from the left wing. No fuel was recovered from the right wing because it had ruptured. Fuel was observed and smelled on the ground around the accident site. Unsuccessful attempts were made to obtain information from the pilot.

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

The pilot's failure to obtain/maintain a proper descent rate, as well as prematurely starting his decent during nighttime operations, subsequently colliding with 60-foot power lines 4 miles from the airport.

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