NTSB Identification: FTW94LA033.
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Accident occurred Friday, October 01, 1993 in CEDAR CREST, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/26/1994
Aircraft: BELL 204-B, registration: N41699
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Uninjured.

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DURING EXTERNAL LOAD OPERATIONS THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO POSITION HIS LOAD, A TELEPHONE POLE, INTO A HOLE. THE HELICOPTER WAS MOVED TO A DESIGNATED LOAD RELEASE AREA SO THAT THE PILOT COULD JETTISON THE LOAD. AFTER THE LOAD WAS JETTISONED A WORKER RAN INTO THE AREA TO RETRIEVE A TOOL AND THE TELEPHONE POLE BOUNCED INTO HIM.

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

FAILURE OF GROUND PERSONNEL TO FOLLOW PUBLISHED PROCEDURES. A FACTOR WAS THE THE LOAD JETTISON.

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