NTSB Identification: ATL97LA036.
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Accident occurred Friday, January 31, 1997 in WIGGINS, MS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/15/1997
Aircraft: Robinson R22, registration: N8319T
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The student pilot was conducting a solo cross-country flight, and had completed two legs of the flight before landing at Wiggins. According to the operator, the student was hovering to a parking ramp to refuel, when the main rotor blades struck a utility pole. The operator said that the student pilot saw the utility pole, but misjudged the rotor blade clearance. No mechanical problems with the helicopter were reported by the student.

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

the student pilot misjudged rotor blade clearance from a utility pole, which resulted in a collision. The proximity of the pole was a related factor.

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