NTSB Identification: ATL88FA085.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36154.
Accident occurred Thursday, January 28, 1988 in STOCKTON, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/07/1989
Aircraft: BELL 204B, registration: N8514F
Injuries: 1 Serious.
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 HELICOPTER WAS ENROUTE FROM ITS LOGGING SITE TO THE REFUELING BARGE ANCHORED IN A RIVER. THE ENG LOST POWER AND THE PLT WAS UNABLE TO REACH A CLEAR AREA. THE PLT LANDED IN A SWAMP WITH NUMEROUS DEAD TREES. THE FUEL TANK WAS EMPTY WHEN THE AIRCRAFT WAS RECOVERED. THERE WERE NO FRACTURES OF THE SYSTEM. THIS WAS A NEW ACFT AND ENG COMBINATION TO THE COMPANY AND THIS PLT. IT HAD A LARGER ENG INSTALLED THAN THE OTHER CO ACFT. THE PLT IDENTIFIED THE FUEL LOW WARNING LIGHT AS A TWENTY MINUTE LIGHT. THE FUEL QUANTITY GAGE WAS INACCURATE.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:UNSAFE/HAZARDOUS CONDITION WARNING..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND
TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE
ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,FUEL QUANTITY GAGE..INCORRECT
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