Aviation Accident Summaries

Aviation Accident Summary WPR21LA333

Glide, OR, USA

Aircraft #1




The pilot of the helicopter reported that, while conducting an aerial application over an open area, the main rotor blades struck a tree that he had previously not seen. Subsequently, the helicopter began to spin to the left and impacted the terrain. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and tailboom. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from a tree during an aerial application.


Source: NTSB Aviation Accident Database

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