Preliminary Accident Reports

December 2002 Issue

September 03, Tappen, N.D. / Cessna 182

At 1915 central time, a Cessna TR182 crashed while following high-tension power lines during an aerial reconnaissance mission. The pilot and passenger were killed. In the area of the crash, there were two sets of power lines running parallel, with one set of lines slightly lower than the other. Witnesses said the airplane was flying along the south side of the lines, slightly lower than the height of the lower set of towers. At the accident site, the higher set of power lines, which was to the north, makes a 90-degree turn across the lower lines. There was no indication the airplane struck either the power lines or one of the towers....

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