NTSB Identification: MKC88FA054.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36198.
Accident occurred Sunday, February 21, 1988 in NIXA, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/07/1989
Aircraft: BELL 47D1, registration: N7735
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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.

DURING THE PROCESS OF MOVING THE HELICOPTER FROM THE HANGAR THE RIGHT SKID SLIPPED OFF THE CONCRETE HELIPAD AND BECAME STUCK IN THE MUD. THE PILOT ATTEMPTED TO DISLODGE THE SKID BY BRINGING THE AIRCRAFT TO A HOVER. THE LEFT SKID BECAME AIRBORNE AND CONTACTED THE PAD SEVERAL TIMES ACCORDING TO A WITNESS. AS THE SKID BECAME DISLODGED THE PILOT LOST CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT, THE AIRCRAFT ROLLED AND CONTACTED THE TERRAIN. THE AIRCRAFT CAME TO REST ON ITS RIGHT SIDE. THE AIRCRAFT WAS DESTROYED BY IMPACT AND POST-IMPACT FIRE.

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VERTICAL TAKEOFF..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,SKID ASSEMBLY..MOVEMENT RESTRICTED


Contributing Factors

PROPER ASSISTANCE..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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