NTSB Identification: NYC97LA096.
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Accident occurred Sunday, May 18, 1997 in GALION, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/21/2000
Aircraft: Cessna 172M, registration: N4430R
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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While a helicopter was approaching the south side of runway 23 from the east, the airplane pilot was conducting a takeoff from runway 23. During the initial takeoff climb, about 50 above ground level, the airplane encountered main rotor downwash from the helicopter. The airplane then descended and impacted the ground. The airplane pilot stated that there were no mechanical malfunctions with the airplane. The airplane pilot further reported that after the accident, the helicopter landing site was relocated to an area further away from the active runway.

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

The inadvertent encounter with the helicopter main rotor downwash during the initial takeoff climb. Subsequently, the airplane descended and impacted the ground.

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