NTSB Identification: MIA97RA005
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 09, 1996 in ANDROS ISLAND, Bahamas
Aircraft: Bell 407, registration: N1117P
Injuries: 2 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On October 9, 1996, about 1015 Atlantic standard time, a Bell 407 N1117P, registered to Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., operated by Agrobecuriajl LTDA, as a 14 CFR Part 91 ferry flight, experienced an in-flight emergency, and crashed in the vicinity of the Andros Islands during the forced landing. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a VFR flight plan was filed. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The airline transport pilot and one passenger reported serious injuries. The flight originated from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, about 1 hour 21 minutes before the accident.

The pilot stated he was in cruise flight when the master caution warning light illuminated followed by the restart fault advisory light. He could see the Andros Islands and elected to continue the flight. As he flew over the beach on the Andros Islands, the Full Authority Digital Engine (Electronic) Control (FADEC) horn sounded and stayed on for about 1 minute. A short time later the master caution warning light illuminated again, followed by the FADEC degraded light, FADEC fail light and engine out light. He entered an autorotation, started a flare at 50 feet, and pulled all collective pitch at 15 feet. The helicopter collided with the water and rolled over on its right side.

The investigation is within the jurisdiction of the government of the Bahamas. This report is for informational purposes only and contains information collected for or released by the Bahamian government. For additional information contact:

The Director of Civil Aviation P.O. Box N-975 Nassau, N.P., Bahamas Telephone: 809-377-7117

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