NTSB Identification: NYC68A0038
14 CFR Part 91 General Aviation
Aircraft: SIKORSKY S-55B, registration: N6872C

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 FILE    DATE          LOCATION          AIRCRAFT DATA       INJURIES       FLIGHT                        PILOT DATA
                                                               F  S M/N     PURPOSE
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2-0630   67/9/1    PITTSFIELD,PA       SIKORSKY S-55B      CR-  0  0  1  COMMERCIAL                COMMERCIAL, AGE 40, 6395
        TIME - 1250                    N6872C              PX-  0  0  0  AERIAL APPLICATION        TOTAL HOURS, 264 IN TYPE,
                                       DAMAGE-DESTROYED    OT-  0  0  0                            NOT INSTRUMENT RATED.
        TYPE OF ACCIDENT                                         PHASE OF OPERATION
           MISCELLANEOUS                                            IN FLIGHT: PROCEDURE TURNAROUND
           COLLIDED WITH: TREES                                     LANDING: OTHER
        PROBABLE CAUSE(S)
           ROTORCRAFT - FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEMS: CYCLIC PITCH CONTROL SYSTEM
           ROTORCRAFT - ROTOR ASSEMBLIES: BEARINGS
           MISCELLANEOUS ACTS,CONDITIONS - MATERIAL FAILURE
        EMERGENCY CIRCUMSTANCES - FORCED LANDING OFF AIRPORT ON LAND
                                  LATERAL CONTROL PROBLEM
                                  DIRECTIONAL CONTROL PROBLEM
         SPECIAL DATA
          TOTAL HOURS IN CROP CONTROL -  500                       KIND OF OPERATION - SPRAYING CROPS
          KIND OF CROP - POTATOES                                  TYPE OF CHEMICAL USED - LIQUID CHEMICAL-NONTOXIC
          PILOT' S SEAT BELT -FASTENED-PROPERLY                    GLOVES - NOT USED
          GOGGLES - NOT USED                                       CRASH HELMET - AVAILABLE USED
          COCKPIT CRASHPAD - NOT INSTALLED                         CRASH BAR - NOT INSTALLED
          TANK/HOPPER-LOCATION - AFT OF PILOT                      TERRAIN-TYPE -ROLLING
          ELEVATION-AREA BEING TREATED-FEET -  1700                SWATH RUN-HOW FLOWN - UPWIND
          PROCEDURE TURNAROUND - FIRST 1/3 TURN
         FIRE AFTER IMPACT
        REMARKS- STAR ASSY NOT IN PLACE,DUE LOSS OF BEARINGS FROMBEARING ASSY PN SB-1552-1-2.LATERAL CONTROL LOST.

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