NTSB Identification: LAX05LA187.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, May 25, 2005 in Bakersfield, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/29/2006
Aircraft: Bell 47G-4A, registration: N110DT
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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The helicopter collided with power lines and crashed in a cotton field while conducting aerial application operations. The pilot completed his first pass from west to east across the north end of the potato field. As he came in for his second pass, the helicopter struck power lines that ran north and south along the west side of the potato field. The helicopter came down in an adjacent cotton field. The pilot said he saw the power lines just prior to striking them.

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

the pilot's inadequate visual lookout and failure to maintain clearance from the power lines.

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