NTSB Identification: LAX93LA336.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, August 25, 1993 in SAN JUAN BAUTIS, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/26/1994
Aircraft: CONTINENTAL COPTERS MARK 5, registration: N9078T
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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WHILE SPRAYING A CORN FIELD THE PILOT DIVERTED HIS ATTENTION AND FAILED TO MAINTAIN SUFFICIENT ALTITUDE TO CLEAR THE CROPS. THE RIGHT SPRAY BOOM STRUCK THE 10-FT HIGH CORN CROPS AND THE HELICOPTER CRASHED.

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

the pilot's failure to maintain sufficient altitude to clear the crops. The pilot's diverted attention during the aerial application flight is a factor in this accident.

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