NTSB Identification: DFW05LA022.
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Accident occurred Monday, November 08, 2004 in Eagle Pass, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/24/2005
Aircraft: Robinson R22 BETA, registration: N995JW
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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While maneuvering at a low altitude while herding cattle, the helicopter began an uncontrolled yaw to the right. The 6,000-hour commercial pilot attempted to correct with full left pedal, but could not arrest the right turn. Unable to control the helicopter, the pilot initiated a landing to a confined field containing brush and high vegetation. The helicopter contacted the ground at a high rate of descent and came to rest in an upright position. The pilot reported no mechanical malfunction or failure of the helicopter.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain control of the helicopter. A contributing factor was the unsuitable terrain for landing.

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