NTSB Identification: ATL95LA171.
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Accident occurred Thursday, September 21, 1995 in UNION CITY, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/29/1996
Aircraft: BELL 47G, registration: N616X
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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During flight, the pilot noted a severe vibration and elected to make an emergency autorotation. He landed with forward speed in a flat, open, bean field. The pilot reported that during the landing, the skids got caught in the beans, and the helicopter rolled over. A cabin fire followed shortly thereafter. A postcrash engine teardown revealed that a #4 connecting rod bolt had failed, resulting in engine stoppage.

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

Failure of a #4 connecting rod bolt, which resulted in engine stoppage and a forced landing.

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