NTSB Identification: NYC06CA173.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, July 04, 2006 in Petersburg, WV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/03/2006
Aircraft: Bell 47G-2, registration: N6738D
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.
As the helicopter climbed to about 15-20 feet during a hover, the pilot felt that "something was pushing the helicopter." Shortly thereafter, the helicopter began to descend and the rotor RPM began to decrease. The pilot initiated a precautionary landing, during which the passenger inadvertently pushed on the rudder pedals. The pilot was unable to maintain directional control, and the helicopter rolled onto its side as it touched down.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The passenger's inadvertent interference with the flight controls, which resulted in a loss of directional control and subsequent impact with the ground. Full narrative available
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