NTSB Identification: ERA10LA348
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Monday, July 05, 2010 in Marion, KY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/29/2011
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER R44, registration: N857PM
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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

A witness observed the helicopter depart and begin aerial spray operations in a corn field. He turned away and heard a loud “pop,” then turned around to see the helicopter collide with a power line guy wire and the ground before bursting in flames. A postaccident examination of the airframe, flight controls, engine assembly, and accessories revealed no anomalies.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from power lines during an aerial application flight.

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