NTSB Identification: FTW97LA329.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, August 26, 1997 in GILLETTE, WY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/02/1998
Aircraft: Fairchild Heli-Porter PC6/B2-H2, registration: N354F
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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On returning to land, following dropping a load of skydivers, the pilot failed to reset the stabilizer trim and ran out of elevator during the flare for landing. A hard landing occurred and the left main landing gear collapsed causing substantial damage to the underside of the fuselage.

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

Failure by the pilot in command to follow procedures and retrim the stabilizer for landing.

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