NTSB Identification: CHI02LA232.
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Accident occurred Friday, August 02, 2002 in Rantoul, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/30/2003
Aircraft: Bell 412, registration: N464AC
Injuries: 1 Fatal,10 Uninjured.

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The helicopter's main rotor blade contacted a photographer fatally injuring him. Before lift off, ground crew informed the pilot that there were four canopies in the vicinity of the takeoff area. The pilot immediately took off and began following a mowed grass area adjacent to an area of corn in which the photographer was standing in and unseen by the pilot. The pilot then executed a steep right bank turn several feet off the ground contacting the photographer with the tip of the main rotor blade.

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

The congested takeoff and landing area and the low altitude flight maneuver performed by the pilot.

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