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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 43070
Last updated: 21 December 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 35 Bonanza
Registration: N947V
C/n / msn: D-880
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Columbus, NE -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The airplane was destroyed after impacting power lines and terrain. Witnesses reported that the aircraft was flying at a low altitude when it hit the power lines. One witness stated that he had seen the aircraft "...flying low one time before down river." The azimuth and elevation of the sun were found to be 276.4 degrees and 25.9 degrees respectively. The wreckage path started about 100 feet from a set of approximately 60-foot high power lines and was oriented on an approximately 260-degree magnetic heading. The main wreckage was located about 440 feet from the power lines. The aircraft was equipped with a "V-tail" empennage. The tail surfaces were examined and both were found to have leading edge damage at the mid-span location. The leading edge skins of both surfaces were torn and exhibited longitudinal scratches back to the spar/stringer location. The entire tail assembly was broken loose from the airframe at the mount. The tail assembly was found about halfway between the power lines and the main wreckage. No anomalies, with regard to the airframe, engine, or systems were detected that could be associated with a preexisting condition.
Probable Cause: the failure of the pilot to maintain clearance from the power line. Factors were the sunglare and the wire.



Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
12-Dec-2017 18:56 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]

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