NTSB Identification: LAX85LA002.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26856.
Accident occurred Friday, October 05, 1984 in FIREBAUGH, CA
Aircraft: HILLER UH-12E, registration: N161HA
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 ACFT COLLIDED WITH TERRAIN WHILE ON AN AERIAL APPLICATION FLT. THE PLT STATED HE, 'HEARD A LOUD BANG' WHILE SPRAYING. THEN THE 'NOSE OF THE HELICOPTER DOVE RADICALLY DOWN', AND HE CRASHED INTO THE FIELD. EXAMINATION OF THE SITE REVEALED THAT ONE OF THE SPRAY BOOM EXTENSION WAS FOUND ABOUT 50 YDS FROM THE CRASH LOCATION. COTTON PLANT STALKS WERE ENTWINED ABOUT THE TIP OF THE BOOM & IN ITS NOZZLES.

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..CROP

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