The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the pilot’s failure to maintain aircraft control during initial takeoff climb resulting in an uncontrolled descent and impact with terrain. A contributing factor was the pilot’s encounter in settling with power.
Main blades hit folded-up hangar door on climb out from apron. Main blades sliced tail boom, skids splayed. One minor injury and 3 uninjured. Registration cancelled as “destroyed”
Passenger from another helicopter parked nearby ran/walked under the tail boom and was struck by the tail rotor and killed. Minor damage to the helicopter
Crop Spraying accident