NTSB Identification: ANC08CA129
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 28, 2008 in Kenai, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/11/2008
Aircraft: EUROCOPTER AS 350 B2, registration: N352EV
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 commercial pilot was making a positioning flight under Title 14, CFR Part 91. The pilot said he had shuttled passengers to an oil platform, and was returning to pick them up. He said as he approached the platform helipad, the tail rotor struck the safety netting surrounding the landing area. The pilot said there were no mechanical problems with the helicopter prior to the accident, but that the tail rotor gearbox and tail boom were substantially damaged during the accident.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain tail rotor clearance from the safety netting during final approach and landing.

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