Preliminary Accident Reports

August 2001 Issue

May 13, Jackson Township, Pa. / Cessna 150

At 07:43 eastern time, a Cessna 150A crashed while maneuvering near Jackson Township, killing the pilot and passenger. The flight originated from Johnstown Airport at 07:37. The wreckage was located about six miles north, underneath transmission lines. The transmission lines were approximately 300 feet above the ground. An examination of the wires by helicopter showed visible damage to two static lines that ran above the 500-kilovolt transmission lines, but the transmission lines themselves appeared to be undamaged. The airplane showed evidence of electrical arcing as well as wire impact damage. A power company representative said the current could arc to an aircraft that came within 12 feet...

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