NTSB Identification: WPR13LA023
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, October 26, 2012 in Toutle, WA
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R-44 II, registration: N7530F
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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On October 26, 2012, about 1200 Pacific daylight time, a Robinson Helicopter Company R-44 II, N7530F, sustained substantial damage during a loss of control and impact with trees near Toutle, Washington. The private pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. The pilot was operating the helicopter under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal local flight, which had originated from Toutle about 30 minutes before the accident. A flight plan had not been filed.
The pilot said the he was lifting evergreen tree boughs from the side of a mountain to sell as Christmas decorations. He was harvesting these boughs from his own property. He heard a low main rotor horn, but his low altitude did not allow him time to recover before impacting trees. The helicopter’s tail boom and landing skids were bent and/or broken from the helicopter.
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