Aviation Accident Summaries

Aviation Accident Summary CEN21LA378

Gonzales, LA, USA

Aircraft #1




The pilot reported that he was approaching to land at night when the helicopter tail rotor struck a tree. He felt the helicopter “shake a little” and noticed it was “falling.” The pilot attempted to cushion the landing by increasing collective and the helicopter came to rest on both skids upright. The helicopter fuselage and tail rotor sustained damaged during the hard landing. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The pilot’s inadvertent collision with a tree while landing at night which resulted in a hard landing.


Source: NTSB Aviation Accident Database

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