NTSB Identification: FTW96LA274.
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Accident occurred Monday, June 24, 1996 in LAS CRUCES, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/24/1996
Aircraft: Hughes 369HE, registration: N521TC
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.

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During a landing hover (IGE), the tail rotor struck the top of a chain link fence and the tail rotor and gearbox separated from the aircraft. Subsequently, during the spinning of the helicopter, the pilot lowered the collective, the left skid struck the ramp, and the helicopter came to a stop on its left side.

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

the pilot's failure to maintain clearance between the tail rotor and a fence while hovering.

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