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N864MH accident description

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Crash location 36.080000°N, 115.152222°W
Nearest city Las Vegas, NV
36.174971°N, 115.137223°W
6.6 miles away
Tail number N864MH
Accident date 26 Feb 2017
Aircraft type Eurocopter EC130
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot of the helicopter reported that during the hover taxi for departure in the ramp area, he was monitoring another helicopter that had just departed and then "brought [his] eyes inside [the helicopter]" to switch a radio frequency. As the pilot looked back outside, he observed "the nose of a big plane taxiing" from behind another parked airplane to his left. Subsequently, the pilot abruptly applied aft cyclic to stop the helicopter's forward momentum and the Fenestron struck the ramp. The pilot returned to the ramp area without further incident.

The Fenestron sustained substantial damage.

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

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's abrupt cyclic/pitch attitude control movement, which resulted in a Fenestron ground strike.

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