NTSB Identification: DEN08LA038.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, November 13, 2007 in New Century, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/30/2008
Aircraft: Rotorway Exec 162-F, registration: N46110
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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The pilot was doing hovering maneuvers at the end of the runway. He was cleared for a left pattern to return to the end of the runway. On final approach he felt a "moderate vibration" in the tail rotor, and elected to autorotate to a farm field adjacent to airport property rather than try to clear surrounding trees and fences. The helicopter landed hard, flexing the landing gear. The pilot later reported a spar in one of the tail rotor blades had failed due to metal fatigue.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: While on approach the tail rotor spar failed due to metal fatigue . Full narrative available
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