NTSB Identification: ANC05CA101.
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Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Friday, July 08, 2005 in Ambler, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/2005
Aircraft: Hughes 500D, registration: C-GLHQ
Injuries: 3 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 airline transport certificated air taxi helicopter pilot was taking passengers to a remote landing site. During the landing approach, the helicopter's main rotor blades inadvertently struck a tree. The helicopter landed without further mishap, but inspection of the main rotor blades disclosed that the blades were damaged beyond repair.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from an object while landing, which resulted in the main rotor blades striking a tree. Full narrative available
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