NTSB Identification: FTW02LA266.
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Accident occurred Thursday, September 26, 2002 in Freer, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/23/2003
Aircraft: Robinson R22 Beta, registration: N888MH
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot was herding cattle flying from the east "right into the sun, in sideward flight" when the helicopter struck a 25-foot high power line. The helicopter began shaking violently and yawed hard to the left, when the pilot rolled off throttle and lowered the collective to autorotate. The helicopter then made a three-quarter turn to the right before hitting flat on its skids and rolling over on its left side.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain clearance with the power lines while manuevering. A factor was the sunglare.

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