NTSB Identification: SEA95LA139.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, July 04, 1995 in ORTING, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/29/1996
Aircraft: HUGHES 369HS, registration: N9196F
Injuries: 3 Serious.

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THE HELICOPTER PILOT WAS GIVING SCENIC RIDES, AND ELECTED TO MAKE A LANDING APPROACH TO A SAND BAR IN THE MIDDLE OF A RIVER. HE STATED THAT HE SCANNED FOR WIRES AT 300 FEET ELEVATION AND SAW NOTHING. HE MADE A TURN AND SLOW APPROACH TO THE SAND BAR. AT ABOUT 10 FEET HEIGHT AND 20 MPH, HE STRUCK A CABLE USED FOR AN OVERHEAD TROLLEY FOR CROSSING THE RIVER.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO SEE AND AVOID THE CABLE.

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