NTSB Identification: MIA99LA121.
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Accident occurred Thursday, April 08, 1999 in FORT MYERS, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/2000
Aircraft: Frederick Sweet ROTORWAY EXEC, registration: N31788
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot stated he was running the aircraft's engine and hovering the helicopter while it was tied to the ground by a chain. The chain broke and he lost control of the helicopter. The helicopter rolled to the side and the main rotor collided with a tree.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The pilot-in-command's failure to maintain aircraft control after the ground tie chain separated during engine run and hovering operations.

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