Accident Quest Kodiak 100 N702FW, Friday 31 December 2010
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Date:Friday 31 December 2010
Time:10:55 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic KODI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Quest Kodiak 100
Owner/operator:U.S. Department of the Interior
Registration: N702FW
MSN: 100-0035
Total airframe hrs:38 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney PT6-34
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Reedsport, OR -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:North Bend-Southwest Oregon Regional Airport, OR (OTH/KOTH)
Destination airport:Astoria Airport, OR (AST/KAST)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
While flying a low-level waterfowl aerial observation route, the pilot flew into power lines that were strung across a river. While both the pilot and a passenger saw the power lines just before impact, it was too late to take action. Because the pilot normally flew in a different region, and was on temporary assignment in a geographical area that he was not familiar with, he was unaware of the specific hazards along the subject route. He also did not possess a copy of the local area hazards map, although one had been sent to him as part of a multi-attachment email. During a reconnaissance flight prior to the accident, the pilot identified several hazards, but not the wires that he ultimately impacted.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from power lines during a low-level aerial observation flight. Contributing to the accident was pilot's failure to review a route hazards map prior to initiating the flight.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: WPR11TA083
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

04-Oct-2022 16:10 ASN Update Bot Added
31-May-2023 09:43 Ron Averes Updated

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