NTSB Identification: DEN99LA163.
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Accident occurred Saturday, September 18, 1999 in TUCUMCARI, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/04/2000
Aircraft: Robinson R22A, registration: N8497Y
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.

Shortly after takeoff, the helicopter collided with powerlines. The pilot said he did not see the powerlines because they blended in with the brush and background terrain.

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

The pilot's inadequate visual lookout. A factor was a reduced visual detection due to background vegetation and terrain.

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