NTSB Identification: NYC98LA025.
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Accident occurred Friday, October 31, 1997 in CLEVELAND, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/30/1998
Aircraft: Hughes 269B, registration: N2273W
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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The pilot reported that while flying in wind reported at 20 knots, he encountering winds up to 35 knots. During a downwind approach to the airport, the pilot could neither arrest his descent with collective nor maintain directional control with anti-torque pedals. The helicopter spun to the right during the uncontrolled descent and crashed. The pilot said: '...the engine was at redline and I was running out of collective. It spun around to the right again and to the ground.'

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

the pilot's failure to recover from settling-with-power. Factors relating to the accident were: the pilot's downwind approach and low airspeed.

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