NTSB Identification: ATL97LA121.
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Accident occurred Monday, August 11, 1997 in HOLCOMB, MS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/02/1998
Aircraft: Bell 47-D1, registration: N908B
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot stated the cotton field he was going to spray with insecticide was lined with utility lines. He circled the field '2 or 3 times to locate obstructions', and began spraying. After finishing about half the field, he struck a utility line that was 'hidden by the surrounding trees'. The nose pitched up, and the utility line wrapped around the helicopter's mast. The helicopter then rotated 150 to 160 degrees to the left, and it settled to the ground in a 'hard landing'.

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

The failure of the pilot to adequately see and avoid all obstructions while doing aerial application work.

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