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N197BH accident description

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Crash location 20.888333°N, 156.433611°W
Nearest city Kahului, Maui, HI
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Tail number N197BH
Accident date 13 Sep 2014
Aircraft type Eurocopter As 350 B2
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

According to the pilot, a cart that housed an auxiliary power unit was positioned near the helicopter and used to start it's engine. After engine start, ground personnel did not remove the cart from the helipad. The pilot reported that shortly after lift off to a hover, to perform track and balance checks, the tail rotor struck the forward portion of the cart. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tail boom and tail rotor. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from the cart while hovering. Contributing to the accident was the failure of ground personnel to remove the cart from the helipad.

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