NTSB Identification: LAX04TA218.
The docket is stored in the Docket Management System (DMS). Please contact Records Management Division
Accident occurred Thursday, May 20, 2004 in Livermore, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/07/2005
Aircraft: Eurocopter France AS350 B3, registration: N216HP
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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

The helicopter drifted aft while the pilot was hover taxiing into position for landing and the tail rotor struck a chain link fence, damaging the tail rotor and tail boom. Following the tail rotor strike, the pilot hovered the helicopter forward and landed.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from obstructions while landing.

Full narrative available

Index for May2004 | Index of months