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Accident: 170239990 - Pilot Killed In Helicopter Crash

Accident: 170239990 -- Report ID: 1055310 -- Event Date: 08/27/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11532861908/28/19972411Dennis N Westerberg Dba Horizon Helicopter
Employee #1 was flying a Bell helicopter, model UH-1B, where his coworkers were engaged in logging operations. He was lifting a log that the hooker on the ground had attached to a line secured to the helicopter. The hooker, who was approximately 300 ft from the log, had radio contact with the pilot. The main rotor mast failed, causing the rotor assembly to fly away from the body of the helicopter. The helicopter and pilot then inverted and crashed to the ground. Employee #1 suffered multiple body fractures and severe head trauma, with massive brain damage. He was killed.
Keywords: fracture, head, rotor, equipment failure, helicopter, aircraft propeller, logging, brain
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 115328619 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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