FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Minneapolis FSDO-15
NTSB Identification: CEN16LA303
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Friday, July 29, 2016 in Morris, MN
Aircraft: HUGHES 269A, registration: N269JB
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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On July 29, 2016, about 900 central daylight time, a Hughes 269A helicopter, N269JB,was substantially damaged when it impacted crops and the ground near Morris, Minnesota. The pilot was not injured. The aerial application flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight. The local flight departed about 0800.
According to the pilot, he was applying fungicide to a soybean field and was on his 4th load. He looked down at his navigation system as he was maneuvering the helicopter for a spray pass. The helicopter felt as if it was being pulled towards the ground and when the pilot corrected the tail of the helicopter entangled in the crop. The helicopter descended to the ground and came to rest on its right side resulting in substantial damage to the main rotor and the fuselage.