NTSB Identification: SEA04LA114.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, June 23, 2004 in Medford, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/28/2004
Aircraft: Bell 47G-3B-1, registration: N73909
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.

The pilot reported that while flying over mountainous terrain with a slight slope on the last pass of aerial application spraying, the helicopter struck a snag (dead tree). The engine lost power and the helicopter collided with the terrain.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from a tree while maneuvering. Trees were a factor.

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