NTSB Identification: WPR13FA095
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, January 19, 2013 in Boulder, UT
Aircraft: CESSNA 140, registration: N2341N
Injuries: 2 Fatal.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 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.
On January 19, 2013, about 1501 mountain standard time, a Cessna 140, N2341N, sustained substantial damage when it struck power lines while maneuvering near Boulder, Utah. The airplane was registered and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The certificated commercial pilot and passenger were fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight. The local flight departed from Escalante Municipal Airport (1L7) Escalante, Utah at an undetermined time.
According to a local power company official, the power lines between Boulder and Escalante were interrupted at 1501 when an automatic breaker tripped. He responded to the power outage and noticed the power lines near mile marker 78 on Utah State Route (SR) 12 were tangled. He stated that a portion of the airplane’s wing was moved from the highway and that two power line poles were damaged and the attached power lines were lying near the ground. Power company personnel were able to estimate the height of the power lines at the approximate point of impact to be about 100 feet.
A witness located on the west side of Utah SR 12 near the accident site reported that he observed the airplane fly over his position on an easterly heading. Shortly afterwards, he observed the airplane strike the power lines.
Examination of the accident site by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator in charge (IIC) revealed that the airplane struck power lines and subsequently the ground about 20 miles north of 1L7. All major structural components of the airplane were located within the approximate 250-long debris path. The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.
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