NTSB Identification: LAX00LA280.
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Accident occurred Friday, July 28, 2000 in KING CITY, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/01/2001
Aircraft: Bell 47G-5, registration: N7885S
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot of the agricultural application helicopter took off at dawn and was en route to the spraying location beneath a 300-foot overcast cloud ceiling with 1/4 to 1/2-mile flight visibility. The helicopter flew into a fog bank and the pilot lost visual contact with the ground. He lowered the collective control and descended toward the ground to regain visual reference; however, the tail rotor contacted power transmission wires before he regained visual contact. He then lowered the collective further and reduced engine power to regain directional control and the helicopter made a hard impact with the ground in an upright attitude.

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

The pilot's intentional flight into adverse weather which resulted in loss of visual reference and flight into power transmission wires and terrain.

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