NTSB Identification: SEA01LA029.
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Accident occurred Sunday, December 10, 2000 in PRINEVILLE, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/06/2001
Aircraft: Kaman K-1200, registration: N317KA
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot reported that while maneuvering for departure, the helicopter began to drift to the left. While attempting to correct the situation, the helicopter's left main landing gear hit the ground and the strut collapsed. The helicopter subsequently rolled over. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, tail boom and rotor blades. The 1356 METAR observation at Redmond, Oregon, (11 miles southwest of the accident location) reported winds from 310 degrees at 17 knots gusting to 21 knots. The pilot reported that the winds, at the time of the accident, were from the southwest at 15 knots, gusting to 29 knots. He also reported that there were no pre-accident mechanical failures that contributed to the accident.

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

The pilot's failure to adequately compensate for wind conditions.

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