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N2504Z accident description

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Crash location 35.957222°N, 83.800833°W
Nearest city Knoxville, TN
35.960638°N, 83.920739°W
6.7 miles away
Tail number N2504Z
Accident date 11 Oct 2016
Aircraft type Bellanca 8KCAB
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

Shortly after departing, and while flying along a river, the airplane struck 2 of 5 unmarked utility wires that spanned across the river. The airplane subsequently impacted the water below resulting in substantial damage to the airframe and minor injuries to the pilot and passenger. When asked how the accident could have been prevented the pilot stated, "Increase altitude minimums by at least double to ensure adequate reaction time to avoid obstacles."

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's intentional low-altitude operation, which resulted in his failure to maintain clearance from unmarked utility wires.

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