NTSB Identification: MIA95TA159.
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Accident occurred Monday, June 26, 1995 in WINDEMERE, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/13/1995
Aircraft: ROBINSON R22, registration: N869BD
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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THE HELICOPTER EXPERIENCED A TOTAL LOSS OF POWER DURING CRUISE FLIGHT. THE PILOT EXECUTED AN AUTOROTATION AND NOTED CHILDREN PLAYING IN THE FIELD THAT HE HAD SELECTED. HE DEVIATED AWAY FROM THE FIELD AND LANDED HARD. EXAMINATION OF THE HELICOPTER FUEL SYSTEM REVEALED A LARGE QUANTITY OF WATER.

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

THE INADEQUATE PREFLIGHT INSPECTION BY THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND IN THAT HE FAILED TO DRAIN ALL THE WATER FROM THE FUEL SYSTEM, RESULTING IN AN TOTAL LOSS OF POWER. CONTRIBUTING TO THE ACCIDENT WAS THE UNSUITABLE TERRAIN ENCOUNTERED BY THE PILOT DURING THE AUTOROTATION.

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