NTSB Identification: CHI99LA006.
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Accident occurred Saturday, October 10, 1998 in OSHKOSH, NE
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/02/1999
Aircraft: Schweizer 269C, registration: N151KC
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The pilot was checking cattle while flying over 'choppy' terrain at an altitude of 150 to 175 feet above the ground. He was flying to the southeast then made a turn to the northeast (downwind) and had just started a turn back to the southeast when the helicopter began to settle. The helicopter impacted uneven terrain and rolled over to the left. The pilot reported the winds were from the south southeast at 20 knots with slight gusts at the time of the accident.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the pilot's failure to maintain control of the helicopter. Factors associated with the accident were the high winds, low altitude at which the pilot was maneuvering and the uneven terrain which the helicopter contacted. Full narrative available
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