NTSB Identification: NYC85LA081.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28243.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 15, 1985 in PLAINSBORO, NJ
Aircraft: BELL 47G-3, registration: N49882
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE HELICPOPTER CRASHED SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF WITH 55 GALLONS OF FERTILIZER ON BOARD. THE PLT STATED THAT EACH TIME HE MADE A SWATH RUN OVER THE FIELD THE BLADES OF THE HELICOPTER WERE PICKING UP SOME OF THE LIQUID FERTILIZER. ON TAKEOFF HELICOPTER FELT HEAVY, ACCORDING TO THE PLT. UNABLE TO GET THE RPM BACK AND TOO LATE TO ACTIVATE THE EMERGENCY DUMP, THE HELICOPTER COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND IN THE POTATO FIELD.

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

ADEQUATE ROTOR RPM..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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