NTSB Identification: LAX05CA102.
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Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Monday, February 21, 2005 in Lihue, HI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/28/2006
Aircraft: Aerospatiale AS350BA, registration: N905BK
Injuries: 5 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.

The helicopter collided with terrain while hovering in the aft direction prior to takeoff. The tail rotor stinger made contact with elevated terrain, which was 3 to 4 inches higher than the pad from which the helicopter had departed. The stinger dug into the ground, damaging the vertical fin attached to the tail boom. The pilot stated that the helicopter had no mechanical failures or malfunctions during the flight.

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

the pilot's failure to maintain adequate terrain clearance, which resulted in the in-flight collision with terrain.

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