NTSB Identification: LAX83LA053
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 08, 1982 in PHOENIX, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/08/1983
Aircraft: BELL TH-13T, registration: N3001F
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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

AFTER A PRACTICE SPRAY TURN, THE HELICOPTER COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND DURING RECOVERY FROM A DESCENT BACK INTO THE FIELD. NO DISCREPANCIES WERE REPORTED WITH THE AIRFRAME, ENGINE OR WEATHER CONDITIONS. THE PILOT WAS QUOTED AS SAYING HE REFRAINED FROM PULLING ENOUGH POWER TO STOP THE DESCENT BECAUSE HE DIDN'T WANT TO OVERBOOST THE ENGINE.

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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