NTSB Identification: LAX90FA248.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 43006.
Accident occurred Monday, July 09, 1990 in MODESTO, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/23/1992
Aircraft: McDonnell Douglas 369HS, registration: N505WW
Injuries: 4 Minor.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT AND HIS PASSENGERS DETECTED THE ODOR OF SMOKE AS THE HELICOPTER CIRCLED WHILE IN CRUISE FLIGHT. THE PILOT ENTERED A PRECAUTIONARY APPROACH AND LANDED IN A VACANT PASTURE. THE AIRCRAFT LANDED HARD AND THE IN-FLIGHT FIRE CONSUMED THE AIRCRAFT'S CABIN/ENGINE SECTION. GROUND WITNESSES CONFIRMED THAT AN IN-FLIGHT FIRE ERUPTED PRIOR TO THE AIRCRAFT LANDING.

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

IN-FLIGHT ENGINE FIRE OF UNDETERMINED ORIGIN.

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