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N9792C accident description

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Crash location 22.950000°N, 159.716667°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Kekaha, HI
21.970833°N, 159.715000°W
67.7 miles away
Tail number N9792C
Accident date 09 Sep 2003
Aircraft type Hiller UH12E
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On September 9, 2003, at 1215 Hawaiian standard time, a restricted category Hiller UH-12E helicopter, N9792C, collided with power lines during aerial application operations near Kekaha, Hawaii. Murray Ag, Inc., the registered owner, was operating the helicopter under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 137. The helicopter sustained substantial damage; the commercial pilot was not injured. The flight departed a local field at 1200. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

In a written statement, the pilot reported that he was returning to the service truck for another load [of chemicals]. At the top of a ridge, approximately 500 feet mean sea level, there were two power lines of which he was unaware. During a descent at 60 knots, the helicopter impacted the top wire "about the middle of the bubble." As a result, it pitched forward and the main rotor blade cut the wire and tail boom off in sequence. The helicopter began spinning to the right and the pilot performed an autorotation.

NTSB Probable Cause

the pilot's failure to maintain clearance with the wires due to an inadequate visual lookout.

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