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N725M accident description

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Crash location 37.938055°N, 97.691389°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Camdenton, MO
38.008090°N, 92.744629°W
269.4 miles away
Tail number N725M
Accident date 15 May 2013
Aircraft type Hughes 369D
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The purpose of the helicopter flight was to trim trees using an external load aerial power saw. The pilot stated that as he was trimming the trees, he saw a 6 to 8 inch piece of wood/tree flying upward on the left side of the helicopter. He stated he felt a momentary vibration as the wood contacted one of the main rotor blades, then everything returned to “normal.” The pilot made a precautionary landing in a nearby field without further incident. The damage to the main rotor blade was substantial and required replacement of the blade.

NTSB Probable Cause

The piece of wood/tree that contacted the main rotor blade during the low altitude tree-trimming flight.

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