NTSB Identification: SEA97LA119.
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Accident occurred Thursday, May 22, 1997 in LOLO, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/10/1998
Aircraft: Garlick UH-1H, registration: N95NW
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot reported that his fuel gauge showed 150 lbs of fuel remaining and he decided to move a large stump prior to landing. As he was hovering about 150 feet over the stump waiting for the stump to be hooked up, the helicopter suddenly lost power. He made a tight spiral down to the service landing area, but landed very hard.

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

Fuel exhaustion due to the pilot's failure to refuel.

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