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N157SB accident description

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Crash location 44.450000°N, 93.416667°W
Nearest city Lonsdale, MN
44.480241°N, 93.428559°W
2.2 miles away
Tail number N157SB
Accident date 10 Oct 2010
Aircraft type Martin Curtis Zenair CH701 Sp
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot reported he departed from his private airstrip (850 feet by 70 feet, turf) with a passenger for a local flight. Upon returning for landing, his neighbor was operating a combine in a soybean field near the runway threshold. The pilot extended his traffic pattern to allow time for the combine to move out of the runway approach path. However, upon turning back toward the runway, the combine had not moved as far as he had expected. The pilot stated it was at that point the airplane struck a power line. It subsequently came to rest upside down and was destroyed during the accident sequence. Both the pilot and passenger were able to exit the airplane. They sustained minor injuries. The pilot stated that there were no failures or malfunctions associated with the airplane prior to the accident.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from a power line while on approach to land.

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