NTSB Identification: SEA91LA130.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 44693.
Accident occurred Thursday, June 13, 1991 in CANBY, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/25/1993
Aircraft: HUGHES 269A-1, registration: N8944F
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 OF THE HUGHES 269A-1 STATED THAT HE EXPERIENCED A PARTIAL ENGINE POWER LOSS WHILE SPRAYING CHRISTMAS TREES WITH HERBICIDE. AS THE ROTOR SPEED BEGAN TO DECAY HE ATTEMPTED TO FLY TO A CLEARING ABOUT ONE-HALF MILE AWAY. THE AIRCRAFT BEGAN TO TURN INTO SOME TREES AND THE PILOT WAS ABLE TO AVOID IMPACTING THEM WITH EXCESSIVE REAR CYCLIC. AT THAT POINT THE AIRCRAFT DROPPED ABOUT 50 FEET TO THE GROUND.

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

A HARD LANDING AFTER AN UNDETERMINED LOSS OF POWER. FACTORS INCLUDE AN EXCESSIVE EMERGENCY DESCENT RATE.

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