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N82855 accident description

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Crash location 43.626945°N, 91.751111°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 Rushford, MN
43.808298°N, 91.752926°W
12.5 miles away
Tail number N82855
Accident date 31 Jul 2011
Aircraft type Garlick Helicopters Inc OH-58C
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot was flying an aerial application flight when the helicopter contacted a power line that ran perpendicular to the direction of the spray run. The pilot stated he was aware of the power line, but he became distracted by horses that were located near the field. The wire strike and ground impact resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's diverted attention, which resulted in the failure to maintain clearance from the power line.

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