NTSB Identification: LAX88LA089.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35376.
Accident occurred Sunday, January 17, 1988 in SUN CITY, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/1989
Aircraft: ROBINSON R22, registration: N90165
Injuries: 2 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

DURING A LOW LEVEL PLEASURE FLIGHT, THE HELICOPTER WAS OPERATING IN A RAVINE. WHILE CLIMBING OUT, THE HELICOPTER COLLIDED WITH AN UNUSED TELEPHONE WIRE THAT WAS STRETCHED ACROSS THE RAVINE. THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT AND COLLIDED WITH THE TERRAIN. THERE WERE NO MECHANICAL FAILURES OR MALFUNCTIONS REPORTED PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT. THE TELEPHONE LINE WAS NOT MARKED. THE ACFT WAS LOW IN THE RAVINE SO THE PASSENGER COULD TAKE VIDEO PICTURES, ACCORDING TO THE PLT. A LANDING HAD BEEN ATTEMPTED AND ABORTED, THE PLT STATED.

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

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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