NTSB Identification: CHI94LA161.
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Accident occurred Thursday, May 12, 1994 in WINNEBAGO, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/25/1995
Aircraft: BELL 206B, registration: N49585
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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THE PILOT WAS FLYING THE HELICOPTER BELOW THE TREE LINE ABOUT 30 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND WHILE FOLLOWING SOME CARS ON THE HIGHWAY. HE ATTEMPTED A SHARP PULL-UP TO AVOID SOME POWER LINES ACROSS THE HIGHWAY, BUT THE HELICOPTER STRUCK THE WIRES. THE PILOT EXECUTED AN AUTOROTATION TO A FIELD NORTH OF THE HIGHWAY. THE HELICOPTER ROLLED-OVER AFTER TOUCHDOWN.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

a wire strike due to failure to maintain proper altitude, and improper visual lookout by the pilot-in-command.

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