NTSB Identification: ATL07CA076.
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Accident occurred Sunday, April 22, 2007 in Sevierville, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/27/2007
Aircraft: Bell 206-B, registration: N219SH
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 pilot stated he was hovering the helicopter from the left front seat using the collective pitch from the right front seat and the cyclic control from the left front seat. He said the tail of the helicopter collided with the ground and he applied improper flight control inputs. The helicopter landed hard on the ground and collapsed the skids causing structural damage to the fuselage.

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

The pilot's improper use of the flight controls while at a hover that resulted in the tail colliding with the ground, a subsequent hard landing, and collapse of the skids.

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