01-Feb-09 N944U Robinson R44 Ogden, US-Utah

21 year old instructor flying family members. ┬áThe National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:┬áThe pilot’s improper decision to fly at low altitude while maneuvering in mountainous terrain in a canyon and inadvertently exceeding the climb capability of the helicopter. Contributing to the accident were a high density altitude, mountainous terrain, and a tailwind encountered during the attempted course reversal.

Date
February 1, 2009
Reg
N944U
Make
Robinson
Model
R44
MSN
10766
Location
Ogden
Country
US-Utah
CivilMilitary
Civil
Operator
Upper-Limit-Aviation
Link 1
http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.aspev_id=20090201X30126&key=1

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