NTSB Identification: FTW87DPJ09.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34124.
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 23, 1987 in MARLOW, OK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/1988
Aircraft: G&C Helicopters EL TOMCAT MK5A, registration: N17315
Injuries: 1 Serious.

PILOT FAILED TO SEE AND AVOID TREE AT END OF SWATH RUN DURING A SPRAYING OPERATION. AFTER CONTACTING THE TREE, THE HELICOPTER STARTED TO SPIN AND STRUCK THE GROUND IN AN APPROXIMATE 90 DEGREE RIGHT BANK AND STARTED TO BURN.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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