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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 42675
Last updated: 14 December 2020
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Date:29-AUG-1995
Time:17:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206L-1 LongRanger II
Owner/operator:Henry Urgoti
Registration: N3886J
C/n / msn: 45561
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Johnsondale, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Kernville, CA (L05)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
THE HELICOPTER WAS ENGAGED IN FILMING OPERATIONS FOR A VIDEO PRODUCTION COMPANY AND MADE THREE PASSES ALONG A RIVER. ON THE THIRD PASS IT FLEW DOWN THE RIVER AT AN ALTITUDE BETWEEN 50 AND 100 FEET AND STRUCK ELECTRICAL TRANSMISSION LINES WHICH SPAN THE RIVER. AFTER WIRE IMPACT, THE AIRCRAFT CONTINUED IN THE SAME DIRECTION, SHAKING AND SPINNING TO THE RIGHT BEFORE FINAL GROUND IMPACT. WITNESSES SAID THAT THE WIRES WERE DIFFICULT TO SEE BECAUSE OF FOLIAGE ON THE CANYON WALLS. THE HELICOPTER WAS NOT EQUIPPED WITH WIRE CUTTERS. CAUSE: the pilot's failure to maintain an adequate obstacle clearance altitude while operating at a very low level. The aircraft's lack of wire cutters was a factor in this accident.

Sources:

NTSB: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001207X04274


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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