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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 75786
Last updated: 31 August 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III
Owner/operator:Helicopter Applicators, Inc
Registration: N302MG
MSN: 2956
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near Watsontown, Pennsylvania -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Selinsgrove, PA (SEG)
Destination airport:Selinsgrove, PA (SEG)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot of the helicopter stated that he was conducting an aerial application flight over a river. He completed a site survey, noted wires in close proximity to the site, and began application at an altitude of 40 feet. The pilot stated that approximately three quarters of the way across the river, he "momentarily lost sight" of the power lines. The main rotor blades struck the power lines, and the pilot maneuvered the helicopter over a shallow water area. The helicopter lost anti-torque control and the pilot performed a hovering autorotation to the river, where it impacted rocks and rolled to the right. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the main rotor system, fuselage and tail boom. The pilot stated that there were no preexisting mechanical malfunctions or anomalies with the helicopter, and that the accident could have been prevented with a more thorough examination of the spray site and adjustment of the spray pattern.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from a known wire hazard.



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


Photo: NTSB

Revision history:

20-Jul-2010 01:35 slowkid Added
20-Jul-2010 15:17 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn]
09-Sep-2010 15:25 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
26-Nov-2017 17:58 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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