NTSB Identification: FTW82FRJ08
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, February 21, 1982 in NEAR TEXARKANA, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/21/1983
Aircraft: BELLANCA 7GCBC, registration: N53731
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.
DURING FLIGHT, THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK A POWERLINE ABOUT 70 FT ABOVE THE RED RIVER. THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED IN THE RIVER AND DRIFTED ABOUT 2 MILES BEFORE IT WAS RECOVERED. THE PASSENGER'S BODY WAS RECOVERED ON 03/21/82 AND THE PILOT'S BODY WAS RECOVERED ON 05/15/83 APPROXIMATELY 400 MILES DOWN RIVER OF THE CRASH SITE.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND
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