NTSB Identification: FTW82FPD16
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 21, 1982 in STANFORD, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/21/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 188B, registration: N731AK
Injuries: 1 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.

THE PILOT HAD COMPLETED SPRAYING APPROXIMATELY 75 PERCENT OF A 76 ACRE FIELD. WITNESSES STATED THAT THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH THE LOWER OF TWO POWERLINES. THE AIRCRAFT WAS OBSERVED TO CLEAR THE HIGHER OF THE TWO POWER LINES BUT HOOK THE LOWER SET OF WIRES WITH THE LANDING GEAR. IT THEN ROLLED TO AN INVERTED POSITION BEFORE STRIKING THE GROUND.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


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