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NTSB Identification: GAA18CA408
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Monday, July 09, 2018 in Rulo, NE
Aircraft: Robinson R44, registration: N144DJ
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.

According to the helicopter pilot, he was performing a night agricultural flight. During takeoff from a platform located on top of the tender, his collective application was too aggressive, and during the ascent the engine sputtered. The engine RPM and main rotor RPM decreased, and he tried to regain the RPMs by lowering the collective.