NTSB Identification: MIA00LA011.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, October 19, 1999 in FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/30/2000
Aircraft: Robinson R-44, registration: N8364Z
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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The pilot stated that as he transitioned from hover to landing during the sales demonstration flight, the helicopter bounced 1 to 2 inches after touchdown, and he mistakenly applied right cyclic. The main rotor struck the ground and severed the tail boom, yawing the rotorcraft 180 degrees and damaging the landing skids.

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

The PIC's improper use of cyclic control during landing which resulted in a main rotor strike of the terrain and the rotorcraft's tail boom.

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