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NTSB Identification: WPR18LA206
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 24, 2018 in Oakdale, CA
Aircraft: Bell UH 1H, registration: N107CH
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 24, 2018, about 1800 Pacific daylight time, a Bell UH-1H helicopter, N107CH, was substantially damaged during a precautionary landing near Oakdale, California. The pilot was not injured; the pilot-rated passenger sustained minor injuries. The helicopter was registered to Airlift Helicopters Service and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the cross-country flight, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Fullerton Municipal Airport Fullerton, California at 1300 and was destined for Weed Airport, Weed, California.

The pilot reported that, while in a straight and level flight, he heard an unusual noise and decided to execute a precautionary landing. When the skids touched the ground, the helicopter entered an uncontrolled climb and yaw. The pilot was unable to recover from the loss of directional control and the helicopter impacted terrain.