NTSB Identification: MIA97WA060
Accident occurred Sunday, December 29, 1996 in SAPAHWA, Peru
Aircraft: Aerospatiale SA-315B, registration: N9151A
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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

On December 29, 1996, about 0645 eastern standard time, an Aerospatiale SA-315B, N9151A, registered to Petroleum Helicopters, Inc., crashed during takeoff from a landing pad at Sapahwa, Peru, while on a Title 14 CFR Part 91 maintenance test flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed. The aircraft received substantial damage and the airline transport-rated pilot was not injured. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.

The operator stated the aft tailrotor control cable was replaced the night before the accident, and the accident flight was to be an operational check of the newly installed cable. As the pilot increased collective to bring the helicopter to a hover, it began to spin to the right. The tail rotor struck the landing platform and the helicopter went off the platform and landed on the ground causing landing gear damage. Postcrash examination showed no evidence of control malfunction.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Peru. Any further information may be obtained from:

Direccion General de Aviacion Civil Lima, Peru Telephone: 511-433-3166

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by or obtained for the Government of Peru.

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