NTSB Identification: CHI05CA253.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 04, 2005 in Rockton, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/2005
Aircraft: Robinson R22 Beta, registration: N61LA
Injuries: 2 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 substantially damaged during a hard landing. The pilot reported that the approach for landing was "steep." He stated that as the aircraft "neared the ground [he] pulled all available power to no avail. It quickly turned to a 'settling with power' situation." Upon contact with the ground the helicopter pivoted about the left skid and came to rest on its side. The pilot stated that there were no failures or malfunctions with the helicopter prior to the accident.

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

The pilot's excessive descent rate on approach for landing and the settling with power condition subsequently encountered. Contributing factors were the pilot's failure to reduce the descent rate prior to entering the settling with power condition and his failure to execute a go-around.

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