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NTSB Identification: CHI06LA138
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Accident occurred Sunday, May 28, 2006 in Berlin Center, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/29/2007
Aircraft: Hughes 269A, registration: N69HU
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.

During cruise flight, a single engine helicopter was substantialy damaged when it impacted the terrain after colliding with a static power line wire that was about 52 feet above the ground. The helicopter was observed over-flying a parade route prior to the impact with the power line. Witnesses reported that the helicopter was flying westbound over the middle of highway. It was observed flying straight and level at a low altitude. One witness reported that the helicopter was flying at treetop level for about 1,000 feet 1/2 mile before the accident. The landing skid caught the top neutral wire and the helicopter rotated upside down and impacted the middle of the road. The inspection of the helicopter revealed no pre-impact airframe and engine anomalies.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot flew at a low altitude and failed to maintain clearance from the wire. A factor was the wire.