NTSB Identification: MKC83FCQ01
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 12, 1982 in HALSTEAD, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/12/1983
Aircraft: MOONEY M20A, registration: N8311E
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.
DURING ARRIVAL, THE PILOT NOTED THAT THE WIND WAS FROM THE NORTHWEST. HE ESTIMATE IT WAS FROM 330 DEG AT 20, GUSTING 35 KTS. ON FINAL APPROACH, THE AIRCRAFT WAS REPORTEDLY UNSTABLE DUE TO GUSTY WINDS AND TURBULENCE. THE PILOT OBSERVED AND WAS AWARE OF THE POWER LINES NEAR THE APPROACH END OF THE RUNWAY. HE STATED THAT AIRCRAFT SETTLED, POSSIBLY DUE TO WIND SHEAR, AND HE WAS THEN UNABLE TO AVOID THE LINES. THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK AND SEVERED THE POWER LINES AND THEN IMPACTED THE GROUND JUST SHORT OF THE RUNWAY. THE POWER LINES WERE NOT MARKED. BUT ORANGE FIBERGLASS BALLS WERE MOUNTED ON 35 FT POLES, ABEAM THE APPROACH END OF THE RUNWAY.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND
WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE,CLEAR AIR
WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND
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