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N319CD accident description

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Crash location 41.677223°N, 70.600833°W
Nearest city Bourne, MA
41.716773°N, 70.582808°W
2.9 miles away
Tail number N319CD
Accident date 01 Nov 2005
Aircraft type Robinson R44
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot was conducting external load operations, when a gust of wind blew lifting strap into the tail rotor. The helicopter began to shudder, and rotate to the left. The pilot entered an autorotation; however, during landing, the helicopter rolled over onto it's left side. Winds reported at an airport located about 4 miles east-southeast of the accident site, about the time of the accident, were from 200 degrees at 17 knots, with 23 knot gusts.

NTSB Probable Cause

The inadvertent contact of a lift strap with the tail rotor during external load operations, which resulted in a forced landing and subsequent collision with terrain. A factor in this accident was the gusty wind conditions.

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