NTSB Identification: SEA88LA073.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35984.
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 12, 1988 in SITKA, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/28/1989
Aircraft: HUGHES 269C, registration: N92PC
Injuries: 1 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.

DURING SLING OPERATIONS, THE LONG LINE BECAME SEPARATED AND ENTANGLED IN THE TAIL ROTOR AT ABOUT 300 FEET AGL. THE PILOT LANDED THE HELICOPTER ONTO A BEACH AREA WHERE IT ROLLED OVER ONTO ITS LEFT SIDE STRIKING THE MAIN ROTOR. NO ACCIDENT REPORT HAS BEEN FILED BY EITHER THE PILOT OR THE OPERATOR.

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

EXTERNAL LOAD EQUIPMENT..NOT MAINTAINED..COMPANY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

EXTERNAL LOAD SLING/HARNESS..SEPARATION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT


Contributing Factors

EXTERNAL LOAD SLING/HARNESS..ENTANGLED

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