NTSB Identification: CEN12CA643
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 18, 2012 in Slaton, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/19/2012
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R44 II, registration: N957R
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.

After a local flight, the pilot positioned the helicopter onto its platform trailer. The helicopter’s left skid touched down on the metal surface, and the pilot then lowered the right skid to the platform. The helicopter started to slip off the platform, so the pilot raised the collective to correct the problem. However, the helicopter fell to the left, the main rotor impacted the ground, and the tail boom was severed. The helicopter came to rest on the skids; the fuel tank was compromised and a post-crash fire consumed a majority of the helicopter.

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

The pilot’s misalignment of the helicopter during landing, which resulted in the helicopter’s fall from a raised platform.

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