The pilot was practicing taxiing in his recently purchased airplane in Sprague, Wash. While taxiing, the Kitfox unintentionally became airborne.
The pilot decided that in an effort to not collide with an electric fence ahead, he would need to add full power and fly the airplane in a traffic pattern to come back and land.
Despite being aware of a powerline in the area, he collided with it during his third landing attempt, resulting in a serious injury.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s failure to maintain adequate clearance from powerlines during the landing approach resulting in a collision.
NTSB Identification: WPR14CA279
This July 2014 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.