NTSB Identification: LAX88LA091.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34926.
Accident occurred Monday, January 18, 1988 in BOWIE, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/1989
Aircraft: AEROSPATIALE SA-341G, registration: N61DR
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.

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 FLIGHT DEPARTED SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO ON A VFR PERSONAL FLIGHT TO PHOENIX, AZ. DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, THE PILOT FLEW A CIRCUITOUS ROUTE TO THE SOUTH OF HIS PROPOSED COURSE. THE PILOT LANDED AT LORDSBURG, N.M. FOR FUEL. THE FLIGHT DEPARTED LORDSBURG AND UPON ARRIVING NEAR BOWIE, AZ, IN A MOUNTAINOUS AREA, THE PILOT RPTD THAT HE ENCOUNTERED A FAST MOVING COLD FRONT AND WAS ABOUT TO ENTER INTO IMC CONDITIONS. HE EXECUTED A 'QUICK STOP' MANEUVER AND AN IMMEDIATE 180 DEG TURN. DURING THE TURN THE PILOT ADDED POWER AND COLLECTIVE, BUT THE ENGINE POWER DID NOT RESPOND; IT EXPERIENCED A COMPRESSOR STALL/SURGE. THE PILOT ELECTED TO EXECUTE AN AUTOROTATION AND THE HELICOPTER ROLLED OVER ON THE UPWARD SLOPING TERRAIN UPON LANDING.

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

THROTTLE/POWER CONTROL..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..UPHILL


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW

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