NTSB Identification: LAX03LA019.
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Accident occurred Saturday, November 02, 2002 in Pollock Pines, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/28/2004
Aircraft: Bell 47G-2, registration: N2616B
Injuries: 1 Minor,2 Uninjured.

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During initial climb from a 3,500-foot mean sea level plateau, the helicopter's skid collided with a 3-foot-high bush. The helicopter yawed and impacted the ground. The pilot reported that the collision occurred after he had increased the helicopter's collective pitch and accelerated to about 20 knots, thereby starting to acquire effective translational lift.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain adequate obstruction clearance during initial climb, which resulted in a collision with vegetation.

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