Accident Bell 47G N14841, Thursday 3 January 2013
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Date:Thursday 3 January 2013
Time:14:25 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B47G model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bell 47G
Owner/operator:Marquis Aviation, Inc.
Registration: N14841
MSN: 25080
Year of manufacture:1972
Total airframe hrs:2813 hours
Engine model:Lycoming VO435
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Five Points, California -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Five Point, CA
Destination airport:Five Point, CA
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that, after takeoff for the aerial application flight, he made a standard turn to line up with the field to be sprayed and began to descend to fly under two sets of powerlines. He then observed a telephone pole to the right and thought he had plenty of clearance to avoid it. He then heard and felt the impact of a main rotor blade strike the pole. The helicopter yawed to the right before it impacted the ground, rolled forward, and came to rest on its left side. The helicopter was destroyed. The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance with a telephone pole during a low-level maneuver.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: WPR13CA084
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report



History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

22 September 2000 N14841 Wayne County Sheriff's Office 0 Economy, IN sub


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