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

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