NTSB Identification: CEN09CA037
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, October 26, 2008 in Palo Pinto, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/25/2009
Aircraft: CESSNA R172E, registration: N42FG
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.

According to the pilot, his "intention was just to exercise the engine and aircraft for an hour." He flew a circular route and was returning when the airplane collided with two power lines that stretched across the river between two cliffs. He said, "[t]he terrain [was] hilly but desolate and I decided to get a closer look at the animals that were in the Brazos River bottom. Two power lines ran from the top of one cliff to another and were struck. They were on 40 foot power poles and 112 feet above the riverbed. They had a 900 foot span and no markers."

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

The pilot's intentional low-level flight and failure to maintain a visual lookout.

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