The pilot was practicing an engine out emergency maneuver with a student near Arlington, Texas, when the Cessna 152 collided with low wires. The wires came into contact with the airplane’s windscreen, resulting in a large portion of the screen fracturing.
After the accident, the pilot stated that the power lines were barely visible even from the ground, and was surprised they had not been struck before by a crop duster or during another training flight.
He said that balls or markers would have helped make the line more visible.
He also offered that he could have scouted the area more thoroughly prior to the flight.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s inadequate flight preparation and navigation during a training flight resulting in collision with low wires.
NTSB Identification: CEN15CA005
This October 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.