NTSB Identification: CEN10CA411
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 14, 2010 in Blackstone, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/2010
Aircraft: CONTINENTAL COPTERS TOMCAT MK6B, registration: N17H
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot was spraying a corn field during the aerial application flight when the accident occurred. He made a turn at the end of a swath run and was leveling out five feet above the corn when the helicopter encountered a dust devil. The helicopter descended into the corn in a level attitude.

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

The helicopter encountered a dust devil at a low altitude during the aerial application flight.

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