LAX00LA124
LAX00LA124

On March 12, 2000, about 1538 hours Pacific standard time, a Bell 47G, N9763Z, sustained substantial damage after colliding with wires while maneuvering on an aerial application flight near Vacaville, California. North Coast Helicopters, Inc., operated the helicopter under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 137. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries. The helicopter was transported to the job site on a trailer and departed to dispense chemicals about 10 minutes prior to the mishap. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed.

The pilot stated he was at a low altitude and completed spraying approximately half of the field. He did not see the wires prior to impact. He extricated himself from the helicopter, which subsequently caught fire.

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