Preliminary Accident Reports

January 2010 Issue

November 7, 2009, Adelanto, Calif., Piasecki PV-18

At about 0830 Pacific time, the experimental helicopter collided with high tension wires and crashed, killing the commercial pilot and two passengers. The helicopter was destroyed by impact forces and the post-crash fire. Visual conditions prevailed. A witness flying behind the accident aircraft in another helicopter watched the PV-18 lift off from the airport and head southbound.

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