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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 206493
Last updated: 27 June 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172S
Registration: N55234
C/n / msn: 172S11415
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Bonners Ferry, ID -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Bonners Ferry, ID (65S)
Destination airport:Coeur D'Alene, ID (COE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that, about 50 ft above the ground during a “low recon” over a river bar, he did not see power lines crossing the river until they were about 10 ft in front of the airplane. Subsequently, the airplane’s empennage struck the wires; he then added power and initiated a climb. He returned to the airport and landed without further incident.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the empennage.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to see and avoid power lines while maneuvering at a low altitude.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

22-Feb-2018 19:40 ASN Update Bot Added

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