NTSB Identification: FTW99TA183.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, June 30, 1999 in OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/30/2000
Aircraft: McDonnell Douglas 500-E, registration: N686F
Injuries: 1 Minor,2 Uninjured.

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During a night practice autorotation, after reapplying power, the pilot flared the helicopter too low, and the tailboom contacted the ground. Tail rotor control was lost, and the helicopter came to rest on its right side.

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

During a practice autorotation, the pilot flared the helicopter too low, which resulted in the tailboom contacting the ground. A factor was the dark night light conditions.

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