NTSB Identification: DFW05CA236.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, September 14, 2005 in Epps, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/28/2006
Aircraft: Grumman G-164B, registration: N6667Q
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The 17,500-hour commercial pilot was performing an aerial application flight on a northerly heading. The pilot was aware of the power lines along his intended spray pattern and he intended to "turn left before a creek and wooded area;" however, he delayed altering his route of flight and collided with the powerline. The pilot reported on the NTSB Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident Report (NTSB Form 6120.1/2) that he "flew too far down the field to go under the power line to be able to turn, pull up, and avoid trees. The turbine powered agricultural airplane clipped the power line and flew into the trees. Weather at the time of the accident was reported as few clouds at 4,100 feet, winds from 260 degrees at 8 knots, temperature of 88 degrees Fahrenheit, and altimeter 29.88 inches of Mercury.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain clearance with the power lines.

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