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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 264820
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Time:10:43 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic R66 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Robinson R66 Turbine
Owner/operator:Blade Ag LLC
Registration: N7078V
MSN: 0425
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:SW of Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport (EQY/KEQY), Monroe, NC -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Pageland Airport, SC (KPYG)
Destination airport:Waxhaw, NC
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that he observed several power lines when performing reconnaissance flights prior to beginning spraying operations. He attempted to avoid them as he began applying the fungicide to the corn field; however, the helicopter impacted a green, thin power line 'less than the diameter of a pencil' that the pilot had not previously observed. The helicopter began to vibrate and became difficult to control. The pilot initiated a 180 right turn to avoid trees and the helicopter impacted the ground, which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage and empennage. The pilot stated that the helicopter had no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operations.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from powerlines during a low-level aerial application flight.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

28-Jun-2021 00:16 Geno Added
28-Jun-2021 04:19 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
28-Jun-2021 15:31 Captain Adam Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
25-Jun-2022 15:48 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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