NTSB Identification: ANC00LA055.
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Accident occurred Friday, May 05, 2000 in HAINES, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/14/2001
Aircraft: Bell 206B, registration: N49686
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The certificated commercial helicopter pilot was landing on an elevated landing platform. After landing, as the throttle was retarded to the flight idle position, the helicopter began to shake violently, and tip backwards. The pilot opened the throttle in an attempt to restore rotor rpm, but the helicopter continued to tip backwards, and the tail rotor blades struck the ground. The helicopter sustained substantial to the tail rotor gearbox assembly, and vertical fin. According to a FAA operations inspector, the pilot stated to him that after she had an opportunity to think about the events surrounding the accident, she felt that she had landed the helicopter with the rear skid cross-tube over the aft edge of the elevated platform.

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

The pilot's failure to attain a proper touchdown point.

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