NTSB Identification: CEN09IA254
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Incident occurred Wednesday, April 08, 2009 in Vick, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/13/2009
Aircraft: BELL 206, registration: N295AE
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various sources and may not have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.

According to the pilot he heard and felt a prolonged "thud" during cruise flight at 1,000 feet above ground level and 110 knots. The airframe "wallowed" laterally and he felt resistance in the cyclic flight control followed by a return of normal aircraft control. He made a precautionary landing. An examination of the airframe revealed that the left side vertical winglet of the horizontal stabilizer was missing, and the lower vertical fin leading edge was damaged. The vertical stabilizer was not recovered. No evidence was found to determine the initiation of the damage. An examination of the remaining helicopter systems revealed no anomalies.

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


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