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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 203313
Last updated: 4 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206
Owner/operator:Forming Agrotors Inc
Registration: N8159J
MSN: 512
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Dixon, KY -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Dixon, KY
Destination airport:Dixon, KY
Investigating agency: NTSB
The helicopter pilot reported that he was maneuvering at low altitude during an agricultural application flight. While in a left turn, he did not see the power lines until they were very close. He increased the collective to climb, and he banked right to avoid impact. However, the tail rotor struck the power lines, and the helicopter lost tail rotor effectiveness. The pilot conducted an autorotation and landed the helicopter, but the tailboom impacted trees.
The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tail rotor gear box, the tail rotor blades, and the vertical stabilizer.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilotís failure to see and avoid power lines while maneuvering at a low altitude. Contributing to the accident was the pilotís failure to adequately identify hazards to flight during agricultural application operation planning.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

23-Dec-2017 20:16 ASN Update Bot Added

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