NTSB Identification: LAX95LA100.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, February 07, 1995 in CHINA LAKE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/1995
Aircraft: BELL 47G-3B, registration: N73240
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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THE PILOT WAS HERDING HORSES FOR A BLM CONTRACT IN A DESERT AREA AND PERFORMED A DESCENDING TURN IN FRONT OF THE ANIMALS TO TURN THEM IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION. DURING THE TURN, THE HELICOPTER'S MAIN ROTOR STRUCK A JOSHUA TREE AND THE AIRCRAFT ROLLED OVER.

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

the pilot's misjudgement of the clearance between the main rotor and a tree while maneuvering at low altitude to herd animals.

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