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N46110 accident description

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Crash location 38.830834°N, 94.890277°W
Nearest city New Century, KS
38.828800°N, 94.899200°W
0.5 miles away
Tail number N46110
Accident date 13 Nov 2007
Aircraft type Rotorway Exec 162-F
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On November 13, 2007, at 0912 central standard time, a Rotorway Exec 162-F, N46110, registered to and operated by the pilot, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain during an off-airport landing while on approach to New Century Aircenter (IXD), New Century, Kansas. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The personal flight was being conducted under the provisions of Title 14 CFR Part 91 without a flight plan. The pilot, the sole occupant on board, was not injured. The local flight had just originated.

According to the pilot's accident report, he was doing hovering maneuvers at the end of runway 22, He was cleared for a left pattern to return to the end of the runway. On final approach he felt a "moderate vibration" in the tail rotor, and elected to autorotate to a farm field adjacent to airport property rather than try to clear surrounding trees and fences. The helicopter landed hard, flexing the landing gear.

On January 25, 2008, the pilot was interviewed via telephone. He said a spar in the tail rotor blade had failed due to metal fatigue.

NTSB Probable Cause

While on approach the tail rotor spar failed due to metal fatigue .

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