NTSB Identification: CHI00LA135.
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Accident occurred Saturday, May 13, 2000 in ITHACA, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/17/2001
Aircraft: Rotorway EXEC 162F, registration: N962WM
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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The helicopter was destroyed when it impacted the terrain. The helicopter came to rest upright in a farm field. Pieces of plexiglas, sheet metal, the right horizontal stabilizer and a section of the tail rotor drive belt were found about 1/2 mile east-northeast of the main wreckage. The left entry doorframe and the right horizontal tailboom fin were found about 1/4 mile east-northeast of the main wreckage. No anomalies were found that could be associated with a preexisting condition.

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

the door separation for undetermined reasons and the foreign object damage due to the door impact to the tailboom and tail rotor drive system.

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