July 5, 2010, Marion, Ky., Robinson Helicopter R44


The helicopter collided with a guy wire at 1745 Central time and was substantially damaged by impact forces and post-crash fire. The commercial pilot was killed. Visual conditions prevailed for the aerial application flight.

A witness heard a loud “pop”, and turned, then watched as the helicopter became entangled in a guy wire before colliding with the ground and bursting into flames. Inspection confirmed flight control continuity and the airframe and flight control system components revealed no evidence of pre-impact mechanical malfunction.


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