NTSB Identification: DFW05LA123.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, May 18, 2005 in Huffman, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/13/2005
Aircraft: Bell 206B, registration: N276M
Injuries: 3 Serious,2 Minor.

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During takeoff, at an altitude of approximately 10-20 feet above ground level, the helicopter pitched nose down and impacted terrain. The 1,181-hour pilot reported to first responders that he had "forgot to unhook the drag line" prior to takeoff. Examination of the accident site revealed that the sling load basket snagged a flat-bed truck and moved it approximately five inches.

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

The pilot's inadequate preflight and his failure to disconnect the external load cable prior to takeoff.

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