NTSB Identification: ATL06CA073.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, May 02, 2006 in Rocky Point, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/03/2006
Aircraft: Robinson R44 Raven II, registration: N288RH
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 that during his return flight the tail rotor chip detector light flickered and then came on and stayed on. He said he was familiar with the flight area and knew there was a fire department near his intended landing site. He elected to perform a precautionary landing near the fire department to inspect the helicopter. During the landing he failed to observe a TV transmission line, struck the line, nosed down from about 5-feet AGL, rolled to the left and impacted the ground. The pilot further stated that he was "impacted by a strong lateral wind gust from the east which swung the tail rotor into the low hanging cable. However, the nearest weather reporting facility did not report wind gusts at the time of the accident. The pilot also stated that there was "not a mechanical malfunction".

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

The pilot's inadequate visual lookout during a precautionary landing which resulted in an in-flight collision with a transmission wire.

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