NTSB Identification: FTW96LA131.
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Accident occurred Saturday, February 24, 1996 in GARLAND, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/09/1996
Aircraft: Robinson R22B, registration: N8141L
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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While hovering, the pilot decided to demonstrate rearward hover to his passenger. The helicopter was less than five feet above ground level when the tail rotor contacted the ground. When the tail rotor struck the ground, directional control was lost, and the aircraft began to rotate to the right and roll left. The left skid contacted the ground causing the helicopter to roll to an inverted position. The pilot reported no mechanical problems with the aircraft.

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

Failure of the pilot to maintain sufficient altitude and tail rotor clearance from the terrain, while demonstrating rearward movement in a hover.

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