NTSB Identification: WPR13LA283
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 23, 2013 in Adrian, OR
Aircraft: EXTRA 300/LT, registration: N169TM
Injuries: 1 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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On June 23, 2013, about 1101 Pacific daylight time, an experimental Extra Flugzeugproduktions EA 300/LT, N169TM, collided in flight with power lines near Adrian, Oregon. The pilot/owner was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The private pilot sustained fatal injuries; the airplane sustained substantial damage from impact forces. The local personal flight departed Ontario, Oregon, at an undetermined time. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

A witness was preparing to fish when he heard the airplaneā€™s engine. He observed the airplane fly through the river canyon above him; it was following the contours of the canyon. He saw the airplane collide with large power lines (5/8-inch cable) across the Owyhee River, about 1/2 mile down river from the Owyhee Dam. The airplane continued on, but he could not see it any longer due to the canyon walls. Other witnesses described the descent after contacting the lines as a flat spin. First responders reported that the pilot was in the rear seat.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector examined the wreckage on scene. The airplane came to rest upright. There was extensive damage to the airplane forward of the wings. The landing gear collapsed downward. The power lines were marked with orange spherical balls.

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