NTSB Identification: NYC88DGT02.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42549.
Accident occurred Monday, May 30, 1988 in COVE GAP, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/10/1991
Aircraft: BELL 47G3B1, registration: N48181
Injuries: 1 Minor.

THE HELICOPTER PLT WAS TAKING OFF FROM AN AREA SURROUNDED BY TREES & BUILDINGS FOR A LOCAL SPRAY OPERATION. THE WIND WAS CALM. REPORTEDLY, DURING THE ATTEMPTED DEPARTURE, THE PLT 'EXHAUSTED ALL POWER AVAILABLE THEN MADE RIGHT TURN TO RETURN TO FIELD.' AFTER TURNING, THE HELICOPTER'S TAIL ROTOR STRUCK A POWER LINE THAT CROSSED THE FIELD NEAR ITS EDGE, THEN THE HELICOPTER CRASHED IN A NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE.

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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