NTSB Identification: FTW68A0070
14 CFR Part 91 General Aviation
Aircraft: BELL 204-B, registration: N8540F

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 FILE    DATE          LOCATION          AIRCRAFT DATA       INJURIES       FLIGHT                        PILOT DATA
                                                               F  S M/N     PURPOSE
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3-1117  68/1/10    GALVESTON,TEX       BELL 204-B          CR-  0  0  2  COMMERCIAL                COMMERCIAL, AGE 46, 7490
        TIME - 1143                    N8540F              PX-  0  0  9  CTR PASSG-D               TOTAL HOURS, 566 IN TYPE,
                                       DAMAGE-SUBSTANTIAL  OT-  0  0  0                            NOT INSTRUMENT RATED.
        NAME OF AIRPORT - SCHOLES FIELD
        TYPE OF ACCIDENT                                         PHASE OF OPERATION
           PROPELLER/ROTOR FAILURE: TAIL ROTOR                      IN FLIGHT: HOVERING
           HARD LANDING                                             LANDING: POWER-OFF AUTOROTATIVE LANDING
        PROBABLE CAUSE(S)
           ROTORCRAFT - TRANSMISSION ROTOR DRIVE SYSTEM: TAIL ROTOR GEAR BOX
           POWERPLANT - LUBRICATING SYSTEM: SEALS AND GASKETS
           MISCELLANEOUS ACTS,CONDITIONS - LEAK/LEAKAGE
           PERSONNEL - MAINTENANCE,SERVICING,INSPECTION: IMPROPER MAINTENANCE (MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL)
        EMERGENCY CIRCUMSTANCES - FORCED LANDING ON AIRPORT/SEAPLANE BASE/HELIPT.
                                  DIRECTIONAL CONTROL PROBLEM
                                  SUSPECTED MECHANICAL DISCREPANCY
        REMARKS- COUPLING SPLINES FAILED DUE TO LOSS OF LUBRICANT.SEAL DETERIORATED BY REACTIVE SOLVENT USED.

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