Preliminary Accident Reports

November 2007 Issue

September 29, 2007, Silver City, N.M., Robinson R-22 BETA

The helicopter sustained substantial damage at 1000 Mountain time when it descended uncontrollably, struck trees and impacted terrain. Visual conditions prevailed. The solo student pilot was maneuvering in a low-lying area surrounded by trees. While making a right turn, the helicopter began to settle. The main rotor struck a tree and the helicopter impacted terrain.

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