The accident investigation board determined the following three factors contributed to the A-10C mishap:
  • The mishap pilot focused his attention on the boat on the lake and did not see the power line cables.
  • The mishap pilot demonstrated complacency immediately prior to the mishap by descending the aircraft rather than climbing as a response to altitude advisories.
  • The mishap pilot failed to acknowledge confirmation he saw the cables after the flight leader identified the threat.