NTSB Identification: NYC91LA254.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 46133.
Accident occurred Monday, September 23, 1991 in POINT JUDITH, RI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/03/1993
Aircraft: ROBINSON R-22, registration: N950CW
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 DEPARTED BLOCK ISLAND, RHODE ISLAND, ON A DARK NIGHT AND WAS REPORTED MISSING WHEN HE DID NOT ARRIVE AT FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK. A SEARCH WAS INITIATED, BUT THE PILOT AND HELICOPTER WERE NOT FOUND. THE TAIL SECTION OF THE HELICOPTER WAS RECOVERED BY THE COAST GUARD ON DECEMBER, 8, 1991. THE PILOT HAD APPROXIMATELY 100 HOURS TOTAL FLIGHT TIME.

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

THE PILOT BECOME DISORIENTED AND LOST CONTROL OF THE HELICOPTER. CONTRIBUTING TO THE ACCIDENT WAS A DARK NIGHT, FLIGHT OVER WATER, AND THE PILOT'S LACK OF TOTAL FLIGHT EXPERIENCE.

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