NTSB Identification: MIA97LA084.
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Accident occurred Friday, February 07, 1997 in HOMOSASSA, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/1997
Aircraft: Hughes 269A, registration: N9061R
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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A non-rated pilot attempted to fly the helicopter during a dark night without obtaining the owner's permission. While attempting to fly at night with no ground reference lights, he lost control of the helicopter, which crashed a short distance from the helipad.

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

the unqualified person's poor judgment, by taking the helicopter without the owner's permission and attempting an unauthorized flight at night; and his failure (or inability) to maintain control the helicopter. Darkness was a related factor.

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