NTSB Identification: DEN04CA092.
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Accident occurred Sunday, June 13, 2004 in Englewood, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/01/2004
Aircraft: Schweizer 269C, registration: N2062N
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

According to the pilot, he had been cleared for operations on runway 17R. The pilot reported that after crossing the threshold at 40 knots and 40 feet agl, he "felt like [he] was in a high rate of descent and the [helicopter] began to sink." The pilot suspected he was in a "settling with power" situation and decreased the collective and pushed the cyclic forward. The helicopter continued to sink, impacting the runway hard and sliding for approximately 6 feet, substantially damaging the helicopter. Density altitude was calculated at 8,622 feet. The out of ground effect hover ceiling was calculated at approximately 5,600 feet and the in ground effect hover ceiling was calculated between 6,200 and 7,600 feet.

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

the settling with power situation encountered by the pilot. Contributing to the accident was the high density altitude.

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