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N7057H accident description

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Crash location 39.606389°N, 80.030834°W
Nearest city Morgantown, WV
39.629526°N, 79.955897°W
4.3 miles away
Tail number N7057H
Accident date 12 Jun 2013
Aircraft type Hughes TH-55A
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot was attempting to reposition the helicopter from an off-airport site in advance of an approaching storm. Following an uneventful preflight inspection and engine start, the pilot climbed the helicopter into a hover and turned toward his intended departure path. He then pushed the cyclic control forward and increased the collective pitch in order to clear some approaching trees. The pilot then realized that “appropriate power” was not available, and turned right in order to avoid the trees. The helicopter subsequently settled with power and impacted the brush below, resulting in substantial damage to the airframe. The pilot reported that there were no pre-impact mechanical malfunctions or failures of the helicopter, nor were any discovered during a postaccident examination of the airframe and engine conducted by a Federal Aviation Administration Inspector. The pilot additionally stated that the accident could have been prevented with “better situational awareness.”

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot’s inadequate planning which resulted in an encounter with settling with power and descent into terrain during takeoff.

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