NTSB Identification: LAX95LA213.
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Accident occurred Sunday, June 18, 1995 in BAKERSFIELD, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/29/1996
Aircraft: BELL 47-G2A, registration: N73260
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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THE PILOT SAID HE WAS APPLYING CHEMICALS TO A COTTON FIELD AND MISJUDGED HIS DISTANCE FROM A 20-FOOT-TALL IRRIGATION STANDPIPE. THE MAIN ROTOR CONTACTED THE STANDPIPE AND THE HELICOPTER CRASHED INTO THE FIELD.

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

the pilot's failure to maintain adequate lateral clearance from the irrigation standpipe while applying chemicals to a field.

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