NTSB Identification: CHI94LA129.
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Accident occurred Friday, April 08, 1994 in HEBRON, NE
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/14/1994
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER 269C, registration: N100LU
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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THE STUDENT PILOT WAS REPOSITIONING THE HELICOPTER FOR TAKEOFF AFTER REFUELING ON A SOLO CROSS COUNTRY TRAINING FLIGHT. THE HELICOPTER TAIL ROTOR CONTACTED AND BECAME ENTANGLED IN AN AIRPORT WINDSOCK. THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL. THE MAIN AND TAIL ROTOR BLADES CONTACTED THE GROUND, THE LEFT SKID COLLAPSED, AND THE HELICOPTER CAME TO REST UPRIGHT.

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

THE FAILURE OF THE STUDENT PILOT TO MAINTAIN ADEQUATE CLEARANCE FROM OBSTRUCTIONS DURING AERIAL TAXI.

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