NTSB Identification: DFW05CA121.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, May 04, 2005 in Georgetown, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/13/2005
Aircraft: Bell 206L-1, registration: N9877Z
Injuries: 6 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 5,600-hour pilot reported that the helicopter experienced an uncontrolled 40-degree yaw to the right while in cruise flight at 500 feet above the ground at an airspeed of 90 knots. The uncommanded yaw was followed by a shutter and vibration within the fuselage and tail section. The pilot elected to perform a precautionary landing on a highway. During the flare and landing, the helicopter landed hard. In a follow-up interview with a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, who inspected the helicopter, the pilot added that the helicopter bounced back into the air after contacting the road, coming to rest on the edge of the road.

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

The pilot's improper flare resulting in a hard landing.

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