Friday, April 1, 2016

Beech F35 Bonanza, N4212B: Accident occurred March 30, 2016 in Long Island, North Carolina

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Charlotte FSDO-68

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA173
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 30, 2016 in Long Island, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/01/2016
Aircraft: BEECH F35, registration: N4212B
Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 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 reported that during the initial climb, he leveled off at about 65 feet above the ground and made a right turn to follow a river. After maneuvering down the river for about one minute, the airplane struck uncharted and unmarked power lines that spanned across the entire length of the river. He reported that the impact from the power lines cracked the windscreen and damaged the vertical stabilizer, but aircraft control was not affected and he was able to continue to the destination airport about 3 nautical miles away. The pilot further reported that he never saw the power lines that the airplane impacted, but he did observe larger charted power lines about one mile ahead. 

The left vertical stabilizer was substantially damaged. 

The pilot did not report any mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's decision to maneuver at low altitude, which resulted in a collision with power lines and substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer.

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