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NTSB Identification: CEN15CA095
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, December 08, 2014 in Mount Pleasant, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/22/2015
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N787PB
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 pilot departed the airport for a local flight. During the flight he observed family and friends on the ground and he maneuvered the airplane to overfly them at low altitude. The airplane struck power lines as the pilot set up for the flyover, and both ailerons and outboard portions of each wing separated. The pilot maintained control of the airplane until approaching the airport for landing. When the pilot reduced power to land, the airplane rolled to one side and impacted the ground near the runway. The pilot stated he did not see the wires due to the location of the sun.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot's decision to maneuver the airplane at low altitude resulting in the airplane impacting power lines.