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Narrative:During cruise flight with three doors removed, the aircraft, a Hughes 369D helicopter, N1089N, registered to South Coast Helicopter, Inc., and operated by Western Helicopters, experienced a loss of the tail rotor assembly due to an accidental discharge of personal cargo and performed an emergency hard landing in mountainous terrain near Highland, California.
|Operator:||Western Helicopters Inc|
|C/n / msn:|| 510964D|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Mountainous terrain near Highland, CA -
United States of America
|Phase:|| Take off|
|Departure airport:||Mountainous terrain|
The helicopter was destroyed during the accident sequence. The pilot and two passengers received minor injuries while the third passenger was seriously injured.
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