NTSB Identification: DEN88LA135.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36358.
Accident occurred Friday, June 24, 1988 in TERRY, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/09/1989
Aircraft: Bell 47G, registration: N2243W
Injuries: 1 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.

THE AIRCRAFT WAS ON A FERRY FLIGHT FROM ALPINE, WY. TO BELFIELD, ND. THE PLT DEPARTED ALPINE AT APPROXIMATELY 0950 AND MADE SEVERAL ENROUTE STOPS TO REFUEL. THE PLT INTENDED TO LAND AT MILES CITY, MT TO REFUEL BUT HE GOT LOST AND FLEW TO TERRY, MT, LOCATED 38 MILES EAST OF MILES CITY. THE PLT STATED HE EXPERIENCED AN ENG FAILURE AND EXECUTED AN AUTOROTATION. DURING THE EMERGENCY LANDING THE PLT HAD TO AVOID PWR LINES, THUS LOSING ROTOR RPM. THE ACFT LANDED HARD. EXAMINATION OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED SEVERAL QUARTS OF FUEL IN THE FUEL TANKS.

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:

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AUTOROTATION..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION


Contributing Factors

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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