NTSB Identification: FTW95FA020.
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Accident occurred Saturday, October 22, 1994 in ARTESIA, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/1995
Aircraft: Brantly Helicopter B-2, registration: N5905X
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

A WITNESS SAW THE HELICOPTER APPROACH A PARKING LOT BEHIND HIS RESIDENCE AND THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO LAND. THE HELICOPTER SUDDENLY PULLED UP AND COLLIDED WITH A POWER LINE. THE WITNESS SAW PARTS SEPARATE FROM THE HELICOPTER AS IT SPUN TO THE GROUND. NO PREIMPACT MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND. TOXICOLOGY TESTS OF THE PILOT'S BLOOD SHOWED 0.003 UG/ML OF TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL (MARIJUANA), AND 0.012 UG/ML TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL CARBOXYLIC ACID (MARIJUANA METABOLITE); ALSO, COCAINE AND BENZOYLECGONINE (COCAINE METABOLITE) WERE DETECTED IN HIS BLOOD. A TEST OF HIS URINE SHOWED 0.169 UG/ML OF TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL.

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

THE PILOT'S IMPAIRMENT OF JUDGMENT AND PERFORMANCE DUE TO DRUGS, AND HIS FAILURE TO MAINTAIN CLEARANCE FROM A POWERLINE.

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