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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 83226
Last updated: 20 August 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III
Owner/operator:Hmc Helicopter Services Inc
Registration: N955GT
MSN: 51154
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:West of KHPK Airport, Pahokee, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Pahokee, FL (PHK)
Destination airport:Pahokee, FL (PHK)
Investigating agency: NTSB

The purpose of the night helicopter flight was to fly over bean fields to prevent crops from freezing. The pilot was maneuvering the helicopter over the bean field at a low altitude when he observed power lines at the end of the field. He crossed over the power lines and the helicopter subsequently descended to the ground for unknown reasons. The pilot reported no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. He additionally reported that his own fatigue may have contributed to the accident. The pilot had been awake for 18 hours and 30 minutes and had slept 2 hours prior to the accident. He further stated he had slept 5 hours 30 minutes in the last 24 hours and 14 hours in the last 72 hours.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from the ground while maneuvering at a low altitude. Contributing to the accident was the pilotís fatigue.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

08-Dec-2010 15:24 bizjets101 Added
09-Dec-2010 09:46 bizjets101 Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
26-Nov-2017 18:43 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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