NTSB Identification: NYC96LA145.
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Accident occurred Monday, July 08, 1996 in CARVER, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/01/1997
Aircraft: Bell 47G-5, registration: N8591F
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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The helicopter collided with power lines after the pilot completed an aerial spray run of a cranberry bog. According to the pilot, '...As I was departing the bog, I saw wires directly in front of me. I pulled back on the cyclic and raised the collective to try to fly over the wires. I cleared the wires initially, but could not recover from the maneuver before contacting the ground. The wind was behind me, and when at the top of the pull-up, I realized I couldn't fly out of it, and did a right 180 degree pedal turn, and lowered the nose to dive into the wind, I hit the ground in a level attitude before I could complete the maneuver.'

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

the pilot's inadequate visual look out for obstacles, which resulted in a collision with wires and the ground.

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