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Type:Silhouette image of generic B47G model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bell 47G-2
Owner/operator:English Air Service
Registration: N115B
MSN: 35
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Nipomo, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On June 18, 1995, at 1017 hours Pacific daylight time, a Bell 47G-2 helicopter, N115B, collided with the ground following an in-flight loss of control during aerial application of a Category II fungicide on a celery field near Nipomo, California. The helicopter was being operated by English Air Service under 14 CFR Part 137 when the accident occurred. The helicopter was destroyed. The airline transport pilot received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time.

According to the operator, the helicopter was in a downwind condition during a maneuvering turn and settled to the ground. The accident occurred during the second pass on the second run of the day. The operator estimated the helicopter had approximately 50 gallons of fungicide onboard at the time of the accident.

The pilot indicated on the Pilot/Operator Accident Report, that there were no mechanical failures or malfunctions with the helicopter before the accident.
PROBABLE CAUSE:the pilot's improper handling of the helicopter by her failure to maintain an adequate airspeed for the attempted maneuver resulting in an uncontrolled descent and subsequent collision with the ground.


NTSB id 20001207X03747

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21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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