NTSB Identification: WPR11CA339
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 20, 2011 in Watsonville, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/06/2011
Aircraft: BELL 47G-5, registration: N1375X
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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.

During an aerial application flight, the pilot was spraying water on a field to wash the hopper tank for the next load of chemicals. During the second pass, the pilot attempted to clear a wire that ran perpendicular to his flight path by descending beneath it at an altitude of approximately 5 feet. The pilot reported that the outer end of one main rotor blade struck the pole and the helicopter impacted the ground and rolled over.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from a pole while maneuvering during an aerial application flight.

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