Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Hughes 269B, N941BD: Accident occurred June 21, 2016 in Princeton, California

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Sacramento FSDO-25

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA339
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 21, 2016 in Princeton, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/03/2016
Aircraft: HUGHES 269B, registration: N941BD
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The uncertificated helicopter pilot who was familiar with the helicopter, which was parked at a farm, decided to relocate the helicopter to another location on the farm. Having no other means to move the helicopter, he decided to fly the helicopter to the new location. As he neared the new location in a hover, he became "scared" by the proximity of electrical wires, the helicopter pitched up, the tail rotor impacted the ground, and the helicopter rolled onto its right side. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to its stabilizer.

The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The uncertificated pilot's failure to maintain pitch and directional control, which resulted in an impact with terrain and a rollover.

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