NTSB Identification: NYC05CA047.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, February 01, 2005 in Lancaster, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/28/2005
Aircraft: Bell 206B, registration: N59MB
Injuries: 1 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.

As the pilot increased collective to transition to a hover, the helicopter immediately rolled over onto its right side. The pilot added that the helicopter was positioned into the direct sunlight, and he experienced "dazzling sunlight" being reflected from surrounding snow banks. The pilot did not report any mechanical difficulties with the helicopter.

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

The pilot's loss of lateral control while attempting to transition to a hover from the ground. A factor was the bright sunlight conditions.

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