NTSB Identification: WPR09LA124
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, February 22, 2009 in Salinas, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/29/2009
Aircraft: CHAMPION 7ECA, registration: N2835G
Injuries: 2 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

While the pilot was intentionally maneuvering at a low altitude above a river, he struck a set of power lines, which spanned across the river below the tree line. Subsequently, the airplane impacted the water, substantially damaging the right wing and fuselage. Local law enforcement reported three power lines, which spanned the river, were down and a loss of electrical power was reported in the area around the time of the accident. The pilot reported no mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine prior to the accident.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from a wire while intentionally maneuvering at a low altitude.

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