NTSB Identification: CHI88DEX08.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37514.
Accident occurred Monday, July 11, 1988 in STRAUGHN, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/11/1989
Aircraft: Continental Copters TOMCAT MK-6, registration: N9093T
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

AERIAL APPLICATION HELICOPTER STRUCK POWER LINES IN FIELD ON FIRST SWATH RUN. THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME THE PILOT HAD SPRAYED THIS FIELD. PRIOR TO SPRAYING THE FIELD HE QUESTIONED THE FARMER REGARDING POWER LINES OR OTHER OBSTRUCTIONS. THE FARMER REPLIED THAT THERE WERE NONE. AFTER THE ACCIDENT THE FARMER STATED THAT HE FORGOT ABOUT THOSE POWER LINES. THE PILOT CIRCLED THE FIELD PRIOR TO STARTING HIS APPLICATION SWATH RUN LOOKING FOR OBSTRUCTIONS, AND SAW NONE.

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

INFORMATION..IMPROPER..OTHER PERSON

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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