NTSB Identification: MIA95LA044.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, December 20, 1994 in MIAMI, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/14/1995
Aircraft: BELL 206B, registration: N163BH
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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WHILE OPERATING ON WATER THE PASSENGER NOTED THAT THE HELICOPTER WAS DRIFTING SOUTH TOWARDS AN EMBANKMENT. HE ANNOUNCED THIS OVER THE INTERCOM AND THE DUAL STUDENT LIFTED THE HELICOPTER TO HOVER DURING WHICH THE TAIL ROTOR CONTACTED THE EMBANKMENT. DIRECTIONAL CONTROL WAS LOST AND THE CFI TOOK THE CONTROLS AND PERFORMED AN UNEVENTFUL AUTOROTATIVE LANDING TO THE WATER. BEFORE THE FLIGHT THE HELICOPTER RATED STUDENT ADVISED THE CFI THAT HE DID NOT HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE OPERATING A HELICOPTER EQUIPPED WITH FLOATS.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

INADEQUATE SUPERVISION BY THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND (CFI) FOR FAILURE TO NOTE REDUCTION IN CLEARANCE BETWEEN THE TAIL ROTOR AND AN EMBANKMENT.

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