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Cessna 172M, registered and operated by Reynolds Aviation, N254RA: Accident occurred December 21, 2018 near Abilene Regional Airport (KABI), Texas

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Abilene, TX
Accident Number: CEN19LA070
Date & Time: 12/21/2018, 1145 CST
Registration: N254RA
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation

On December 21, 2018, about 1145 central standard time, a Cessna 172M, N254RA, registered and operated by Reynolds Aviation, Beach City, Texas, sustained substantial damage when it collided with a tower wire about 10 miles south of the Abilene Regional Airport (AB), Abilene, Texas. The commercial pilot, who was the sole occupant, was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed. The pipeline aerial observation flight was being conducted under the provisions of Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight originated about 1000 from the Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport (TPL), Temple, Texas, and was enroute to the Winston Field Airport (SNK), Snyder, Texas.

The pilot stated that he was conducting an aerial pipeline inspection. He stated that he was looking down in the cockpit, writing down some information at the time the airplane struck a tower wire. He did not see the tower. The pilot was able to control the airplane, immediately declared an emergency, and landed the airplane at ABI. Inspection of the airplane revealed a 4-foot section of the left wing was torn off the airplane, just outboard of the left aileron.

The pilot stated in NTSB Form 6120, that many pipeline patrol operations have an observer on board in addition to the pilot, one writing down information, and one looking outside the airplane. He also stated that he could have waited to write down information after passing the tower area.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N254RA
Model/Series: 172 M
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Reynolds Aviation
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: , 1751 ft msl
Observation Time: 1117 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / -5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Temple, TX (TPL)
Destination: Snyder, TX (SNK) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 32.260000, -99.566389

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