NYC07CA072
NYC07CA072

The pilot of an Alouette II helicopter stated that he was flying a pipeline patrol, while the copilot monitored the pipeline on a laptop computer. During the patrol, the laptop computer malfunctioned, and the pilot landed in a field while the copilot attempted to repair the laptop computer. After the laptop computer was repaired, the pilot hover taxied to the end of the field, and began a takeoff run. During the takeoff run, at an altitude of 40 feet and airspeed of 30 to 40 knots, the helicopter struck utility wires. The helicopter subsequently impacted a field and came to rest on its right side. During the impact, the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The pilot did not report any preimpact mechanical malfunctions with the helicopter.

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