NTSB Identification: ATL05CA127.
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Accident occurred Saturday, July 09, 2005 in Landrum, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/2005
Aircraft: Schweizer 269C-1, registration: N301MG
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.

The pilot stated he made an approach to the sod area adjacent to runway 32 and he was not aware of the fact that the sod area was wet and soft. He applied collective pitch abruptly as he was taking off to a hover. The left skid became airborne and the right skid remained on the ground. The helicopter encountered dynamic roll over before the pilot could apply collective pitch and lateral cyclic. The helicopter rolled over on its right side. The pilot stated there were no anomalies with the airframe, flight controls, engine assembly and accessories.

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

The pilot's improper use of the flight controls (collective pitch and cylic controls) during a take off to a hover resulting in the helicopter encountering dynamic roll over and rolling over on its right side.

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