NTSB Identification: SEA97TA012.
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Accident occurred Sunday, October 20, 1996 in DETROIT, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/21/1997
Aircraft: Garlick UH-1H, registration: N98NW
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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The pilot stated that he had just landed at a remote site after emptying his bucket. As he unloaded the main rotor, it contacted a berm on the right side of the helicopter. This resulted in a sudden stoppage and damage to the transmission.

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

the pilot's misjudgement of rotor clearance from the terrain. The proximity of the berm was a related factor.

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