NTSB Identification: DEN01LA084.
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Accident occurred Friday, April 06, 2001 in Alcova, WY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/20/2002
Aircraft: Bell 222UT, registration: N222LF
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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The air medical helicopter was performing a landing on a paved traffic turn-out immediately next to a state highway. The pilot was hovering the aircraft just above the ground, and he decided to reorient the helicopter to facilitate loading the patient. During the right pedal turn, the tail rotor struck a 55 gallon trash barrel. The helicopter yawed to the right, and the pilot brought the throttles to flight idle and landed the helicopter.

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

the pilot's failure to maintain tail rotor clearance during a right pedal turn while hovering.

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