NTSB Identification: CHI05CA159.
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Accident occurred Saturday, June 25, 2005 in Osage Beach, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/2005
Aircraft: Robinson R22 Beta, registration: N7195L
Injuries: 1 Minor,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.

The helicopter was destroyed on impact with a lake. The pilot's accident report stated, "I was on a photo flight. We were taking pictures of boats on the Lake Of The Ozarks. I was descending from about 150 [feet above ground level] agl, to take photos. I tried to level off about 40 agl when the helicopter began to shutter and sink through. I pulled more collective which seemed to worsen the shudder. I began a flare and collided with the water for the most part skids level." The pilot did not list any mechanical malfunctions associated with the flight.

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

The pilot not maintaining clearance from the water while maneuvering for photographs.

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