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N577AT accident description

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Crash location 35.310000°N, 85.520000°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 Viola, TN
35.538407°N, 85.859149°W
24.8 miles away
Tail number N577AT
Accident date 12 Jul 2015
Aircraft type Robinson Helicopter R44
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot of the helicopter stated that he made two passes over the field to check for obstructions prior to beginning the aerial application flight, and remembered observing only one guy wire. While making a final application to the edges of the field, the pilot flew around the previously-observed guy wire, but the helicopter's skid contacted a second wire that he had not seen. The helicopter impacted the ground on its side, resulting in substantial damage. The pilot stated there were no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies of the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to see and avoid a guy wire, which resulted in contact with the wire and subsequent collision with terrain.

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