NTSB Identification: ANC10LA053
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 19, 2010 in Unalaska, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/16/2011
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER R44, registration: N333DV
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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

A ranch employee reported that he and another employee were onboard the helicopter with the pilot when they spotted a bull that had become entangled in plastic wrapping material. Both employees egressed the helicopter in an effort to try to cut the plastic off the animal. The pilot maneuvered the helicopter in an attempt to herd the bull toward them with no success. The pilot then attempted to land the helicopter on a portion of the plastic that was trailing behind the bull, which would aid the employees in being able to approach it. After that was unsuccessful, the pilot tried to knock the bull down with the helicopter. The pilot eventually managed to maneuver the helicopter's right skid under the plastic and began to elevate the bull. As the helicopter moved forward, it moved to the right and impacted the ground, killing the pilot and the bull.

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

The pilot's inappropriate low altitude maneuvering, which resulted in a collision with terrain.

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