NTSB Identification: ERA09LA436
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, August 01, 2009 in Deer Isle, ME
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/12/2010
Aircraft: EUROCOPTER EC130, registration: M-BOAT
Injuries: 4 Minor.

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

The helicopter departed a private yacht and was flying along an island shoreline at approximately 400 feet above mean sea level when the pilot entered an out-of-ground effect hover and initiated a left-pedal turn. The helicopter started turning faster than commanded, and the pilot was unable to regain control. The helicopter subsequently lost altitude and impacted the water. Prior to impacting the water, the pilot deployed the emergency skid-mounted floats to prevent sinking. According to the pilot, "the accident was totally pilot error with no mechanical malfunction." Examination of the wreckage confirmed no evidence of any mechanical malfunction or failure.

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

The pilot's loss of directional control during an out-of-ground-effect hover.

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