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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 146278
Last updated: 20 April 2018
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Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44 Raven II
Owner/operator:Dragonfly Aviation, Llc
Registration: N282MC
C/n / msn: 10694
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:About 2 miles southeast of East Wenatchee, WA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Wenatchee, WA
Destination airport:Wenatchee, WA
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot was maneuvering the helicopter at low altitude to conduct a cherry-drying operation. A witness in the local area reported that the helicopter was flying near power lines when it made a steep left turn. The main rotor subsequently impacted the power lines, and the helicopter descended into a tree. The pilot sustained serious injuries and did not recall the accident sequence. He did recall that the helicopter had no mechanical issues before liftoff or during transition to forward flight. A postaccident examination of the airframe and engine revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilotís failure to adequately monitor the environment and maintain clearance from the power lines while maneuvering at low altitude.



Revision history:

13-Jun-2012 00:20 gerard57 Added
13-Jun-2012 05:01 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Source, Narrative]
13-Jun-2012 05:25 RobertMB Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
13-Jun-2012 11:35 gerard57 Updated [Total occupants, Source, Damage, Narrative]
18-Jun-2012 11:16 Geno Updated [Time, Operator, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 20:46 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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