Preliminary Accident Reports

May 1999 Issue

Feb. 21, Glenn, Calif. / Bell UH-1H

At 15:10 PST, a Bell UH-1H helicopter crashed after an in-flight control systems failure while conducting an aerial spraying operation. The pilot was seriously injured during the accident and died two days later. The helicopter had departed a dirt-landing zone after being serviced with spraying chemicals moments before the crash. The pilot told his son who visited him in the hospital that the aircraft kept on banking in one direction and there was nothing he could do to stop it. Examinations of the helicopter have not been completed....

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