NTSB Identification: LAX02LA217.
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Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Sunday, July 07, 2002 in Honolulu, HI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/29/2004
Aircraft: Aerospatiale AS350 BA, registration: N141MK
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.

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The helicopter's tail rotor collided with terrain while the pilot was attempting to land downwind on downsloping terrain. The passengers reported that as the helicopter began the approach to landing, it passed over a 6-foot fence and settled hard onto dirt. The pilot told an FAA inspector that he had landed downhill, because while in the air, he ascertained that would be the best angle to execute a landing in the confined operation zone. The downwind conditions resulted in the tail of the helicopter being lower than normal. During touchdown, the helicopter's tail boom collided with the upslope terrain. The gear box was destroyed and the tail boom was bent 30 degrees.

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

the pilot's failure to maintain adequate tail rotor clearance from the sloping terrain in unfavorable wind conditions.

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