NTSB Identification: SEA95LA112.
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Accident occurred Sunday, June 04, 1995 in CALDWELL, ID
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/19/1995
Aircraft: HUGHES 269B, registration: N9474F
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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THE PILOT STATED THAT HE WAS RETURNING FROM AERIAL APPLICATION OPERATIONS WHEN HE ELECTED TO LOOK OVER THE NEXT FIELD HE WAS GOING TO SPRAY. HE SAID HIS INTENT WAS TO FLY AROUND A HOUSE ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE FIELD AND THEN DROP DOWN TO FLY PARALLEL TO THE POWER LINES ORIENTED EAST-WEST BETWEEN TWO FIELDS. AS HE BANKED AROUND THE HOUSE AND FLEW EAST INTO THE SUN, HE DID NOT SEE THE HOUSE'S POWER POLE AND ASSOCIATED SERVICE LINE. THE ROTORCRAFT IMPACTED THE SERVICE LINE APPROXIMATELY 20 FEET AGL AND IMPACTED THE GROUND 150 FEET FURTHER EAST.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN CLEARANCE FROM POWER LINES. FACTORS INCLUDE SUNGLARE ENCOUNTERED WHEN HE TURNED INTO THE SUN.

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