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N64HF accident description

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Crash location 43.180556°N, 71.833334°W
Nearest city Henniker, NH
43.173412°N, 71.820912°W
0.8 miles away
Tail number N64HF
Accident date 22 Dec 2014
Aircraft type Robinson Helicopter Co R66
Additional details: None
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NTSB Factual Report

The pilot was landing the helicopter at a private heliport. The outside air temperature was about -1 degree Celsius (C). After a normal touchdown, the helicopter began to spin and the tail rotor struck a snow bank, which resulted in substantial damage to the tail rotor and lower vertical stabilizer. After exiting the helicopter, the pilot noted that the ground was coated with "black ice." The pilot reported that he did not experience any malfunctions or failures of the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation. He further reported about 635 hours of rotorcraft flight experience, which included 85 hours in the same make and model as the accident helicopter.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control while landing, which resulted in a collision with a snow bank. Contributing to the accident was ice that covered the landing surface.

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