NTSB Identification: FTW02LA138.
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Accident occurred Monday, April 29, 2002 in Alsatia, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/29/2003
Aircraft: Enstrom 280FX, registration: N383MA
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The pilot landed the helicopter in a corn field and disembarked from the helicopter while the rotors were still under power. Subsequently, he said that a "gust of wind" came and the main rotor severed the tail boom.

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

The main rotor contact to the tail boom resulting from the pilot leaving the helicopter unattended while the rotors were engaged.

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