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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 157064
Last updated: 14 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic E300 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Extra EA-330LT
Registration: N169TM
MSN: LT007
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:2 miles from Owyee Dam, Adrian, OR -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Ontario, OR
Destination airport:Ontario, OR
Investigating agency: NTSB
Witnesses reported that they observed the airplane flying at a low level through a river canyon—one witness stated it was following the canyon’s contours—and then colliding with a marked power line strung across the river. The airplane subsequently impacted the ground. Scratch marks from the wire were observed on the left wing. First responders reported that the pilot was in the rear seat, which might have hampered his forward visibility and led to his failure to see the power lines. 
The toxicological report identified the presence of ramipril and atorvastatin in the pilot’s urine; however, neither of these medications are impairing. The toxicology testing also detected a very low level of morphine in the pilot’s urine, which indicates that he had used a medication containing an opioid within a few days of the accident. However, because it was no longer detectable in the blood, it is not likely that the pilot was impaired by the medication at the time of the accident.

Probable Cause: The pilot's improper decision to conduct low-level maneuvering in a river canyon with power lines, which resulted in his failure to maintain clearance from the power lines.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

24-Jun-2013 20:21 Geno Added
25-Jun-2013 04:24 Alpine Flight Updated [Aircraft type, Damage]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
29-Nov-2017 08:45 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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