NTSB Identification: LAX96LA287.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, July 23, 1996 in LOST HILLS, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/25/1997
Aircraft: Bell 47-G5, registration: N7885S
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot landed to take on enough fuel to ferry the helicopter back to the home base. After liftoff at 100 to 150 feet agl he lost all engine power. A postaccident examination revealed that the carburetor air box had been installed with the wrong gasket and mispositioned so that one of four attachment bolts was missing. The gasket was partially ingested into the carburetor throat along with a foreign material determined to be a dusting product that coated the carburetor throat area through the gasket void.

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

improper installation of the carburetor air box.

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