20-Jun-15 N4427F Bell 47G5 Salinas, US-California (1F)

Crashed in low level agricultural work after impacting a fence, killing pilot Frank Gomes Jnr.  Ground crewmen who worked for the operator had just refilled the fertilizer tank on the helicopter prior to its last departure. When the helicopter did not return for its scheduled rinse load the crewmen drove out to the field to be sprayed and observed that the helicopter had crashed on a road near a field. Neither ground crewmen witnessed the crash but stated that the fog was thick and visibility was between 10 and 20 feet at the time of the accident.

Date
June 20, 2015
Reg
N4427F
Make
Bell
Model
B47
MSN
7971
Location
about 5 miles southwest of the Salinas Municipal Airport
Country
US-California
CivilMilitary
Civil
Fatal
1
Operator
Gomes-Farm-Air-Service
Link 1
http://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20150620X32952&key=1

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