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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 45497
Last updated: 1 March 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic S58T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sikorsky S-58ET
Owner/operator:Midwest Helicopter Airways
Registration: N580US
C/n / msn: 58-1673
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Brookville, IN -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Shelbyville, IN
Destination airport:Lebanon, OH
The helicopter was flying over a lake at a low altitude when it struck power transmission lines, lost control and impacted the lake. The pilot stated that he checked his sectional and was aware of power transmission lines to the east but was not aware of any power transmission lines to the west. The pilot stated that he saw the power transmission lines and attempted to pull up to clear the power transmission lines. The pilot stated that the helicopter was running alright and everything appeared to be operating okay. The power transmission lines that were struck measured 124 feet above the water.
Probable Cause: The pilot's intentional low altitude fight and his failure to maintain clearance from power transmission lines. Factors to the accident were the power transmission lines followed by the inability to control the aircraft after the collision with power transmission lines.


Air International August 2002, p111

Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
19-Jul-2010 08:02 TB Updated [Other fatalities, Narrative]
19-Jul-2010 08:08 TB Updated [Time, Damage]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
09-Dec-2017 16:56 ASN Update Bot Updated [Source, Narrative]
18-Oct-2018 07:13 TB Updated [Source, Damage]

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