NTSB Identification: ANC02LA078.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, July 16, 2002 in Nome, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/29/2003
Aircraft: Robinson R-22, registration: N7183Z
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot reported that the helicopter was being used in hilly terrain to herd reindeer. While maneuvering at 20-30 feet above ground level, the pilot turned downwind, and the helicopter started to settle toward the ground. The pilot applied full up collective, and full aft cyclic controls, but was unable to arrest the descent. The helicopter impacted laterally on the side of a hill. During the impact, the main rotor blades severed the tail boom, and the helicopter rolled downhill onto its side.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain adequate altitude and clearance in hilly terrain. A factor contributing to the accident was the performance of a low altitude flight maneuver.

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