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N975BW accident description

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Crash location 43.471111°N, 83.661389°W
Nearest city Reese, MI
43.450579°N, 83.696353°W
2.3 miles away
Tail number N975BW
Accident date 22 Aug 2013
Aircraft type Mcdonnell Douglas Heli Co 369FF
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The helicopter was conducting an electrical power line construction operation with a lineman standing outside on the skid. The wire was temporarily suspended by a hoist and the lineman was inserting a fiber shoe to attach the wire to the arm of the tower. While the helicopter was hovering next to the wire at about 200 feet above ground level the hoist slipped and the wire fell onto the top of the helicopter's skid. Control was briefly lost and four of the helicopter's main rotor blades impacted the tower resulting in substantial damage to the main rotor blades. The pilot quickly regained control and made an emergency landing in tall corn about 200 feet from the accident location.

NTSB Probable Cause

The failure of the temporary hoist holding the powerline wire which resulted in a brief loss of control and main rotor blade impacts with the tower.

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