NTSB Identification: CEN13CA124
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, January 02, 2013 in Menard, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/03/2013
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R44 II, registration: N744RM
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.
As the helicopter was flying west in the direction of the sun and at 250 feet above ground level, the pilot heard a loud "bang" and observed a black object go by the left side of the helicopter. The object struck the passenger-side windshield. The pilot performed a forced landing to a highway. During the forced landing, both landing skids separated and the helicopter slid to a stop. The lower fuselage was buckled and wrinkled in several locations. The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The helicopter landed hard during a forced landing. Full narrative available
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