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NTSB Identification: CEN18TA314
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, August 03, 2018 in Mullen, NE
Aircraft: AIRBUS EC 130 T2, registration: N130TG
Injuries: 1 Serious, 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 public aircraft accident report.

On August 3, 2018, about 1545 mountain daylight time, a Airbus EC 130 T2 helicopter, N130TG, lost control while maneuvering near the Dismal River Golf Club, southwest of Mullen, Nebraska. The private pilot was not injured and the passenger sustained serious injuries. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight.

According the FAA inspector who responded to the accident, the helicopter was maneuvering over the golf course. The helicopter banked to the left and the pilot lost tail rotor authority. The helicopter rotated clockwise 3 to 4 times before impacting terrain. The main rotor and fuselage were substantially damaged during the impact.