NTSB Identification: ATL82FLJ07
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 17, 1982 in GATESVILLE, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/17/1983
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AMERICAN AA-1B, registration: N8870L
Injuries: 2 Serious.
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.
WHILE ON FINAL APPROACH FOR LANDING, THE PILOT ADDED 1/3 FLAPS AND ADJUSTED THE THROTTLE TO CLEAR OBSTACLES. HE REPORTED THAT WHEN HE WAS ON SHORT FINAL, HE WAS DISTRACTED BY SEVERAL DEER THAT WERE APPROACHING THE TOUCHDOWN POINT. THE PILOT THEORIZED THAT THROUGH REFLEX ACTION, HE MUST HAVE APPLIED AFT YOKE WHICH DECREASED HIS AIRSPEED AND INCREASED HIS RATE OF DESCENT. THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDE WITH TWO POWER LINES. THE POWER LINES FAILED AND THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED WITH THE GROUND.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND
AIRCRAFT HANDLING..INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND
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