NTSB Identification: FTW01LA076.
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Accident occurred Saturday, March 10, 2001 in Alvarado, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/30/2001
Aircraft: Robinson R22, registration: N4009W
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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According to the pilot, he flew to an area on his property where he and his passenger planned to test some equipment. The equipment was not related to the helicopter. He stated that the helicopter was in a 2-foot hover beneath a marked static wire that was 30 feet agl. He noticed that the wire began coming closer to the helicopter and initiated a descent; however, the wire continued to descend with the helicopter. Subsequently, the wire contacted the main rotor blades, and the helicopter landed without further incident. The damage to the main rotor blades required their replacement.

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

the pilot's failure to maintain clearance with a marked static wire.

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