NTSB Identification: DEN08CA148
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, August 29, 2008 in Refugio, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/22/2009
Aircraft: Robinson R-22, registration: N2312
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 and non-rated passenger were conducting a wildlife survey of a ranch. According to the pilot he was maneuvering to land on a ranch road at about 50-60 feet and turned into the wind. During the turn he got too slow and the low rotor horn sounded and the low rotor light illuminated. He was unable to recover the descent or go around, resulting in a hard landing. During the landing a main rotor contacted the tail boom. An examination of the helicopter revealed the tail boom separated from the fuselage.

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

The pilot failed to maintain adequate airspeed while maneuvering to land.

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