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N835AK accident description

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Crash location 32.200556°N, 108.422223°W
Nearest city Separ, NM
32.200919°N, 108.422270°W
0.0 miles away
Tail number N835AK
Accident date 15 Dec 2016
Aircraft type Robinson Helicopter R44
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The helicopter pilot reported that during approach to land at a trading post, he circled the landing area multiple times to search for obstructions. He further reported that while on final at about 20-25 feet above the ground he noticed multiple electrical wires in front of the helicopter. He lowered the collective to avoid the wires and the helicopter landed hard.

The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tailboom.

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

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot’s abrupt maneuver to avoid electrical wires during the approach, which resulted in a hard landing.

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