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NTSB Identification: CEN19LA245
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, July 08, 2019 in Watter Valley, TX
Aircraft: Robinson R22, registration: N334DC
Injuries: 2 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 8, 2019, about 1730 central daylight time, a Robinson R22 helicopter, N334DC, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Watter Valley, Texas. The commercial pilot and passenger were not injured. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The aerial observation flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 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.

The pilot stated that during the flight over a canyon, it felt as if "the bottom fell out from under him". He reported that the main rotor RPMs dropped and he was unable to recover. The helicopter rolled over on its left side during the impact with the ground. The pilot stated that the tail boom separated from the fuselage and the main rotor blades were damaged. The pilot later reported a loss of engine power. The helicopter has been retained for further examination.