NTSB Identification: BFO88LA064.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38071.
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 05, 1988 in CLARKSBURG, WV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/29/1989
Aircraft: HUGHES 369D, registration: N32CT
Injuries: 2 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 STUDENT AND INSTRUCTOR PRACTICED SEVERAL MANEUVERS. AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT THEY WERE DOING STRAIGHT-IN LANDINGS. THE STUDENT DID ONE LANDING AFTER A DEMO BY THE INSTRUCTOR. THE STUDENT WAS DOING HIS SECOND LANDING WHICH THE INSTRUCTOR DESCRIBED AS NOT EXCESSIVELY HARD AND WITHOUT BOUNCING. THE INSTRUCTOR SAID THE AIRCRAFT SLID ABOUT SIX FEET WHEN HE HEARD A NOISE. THE AIRCRAFT THEN SLOWLY TURNED ABOUT 120 DEGREES AND STOPPED. EXAMINATION OF THE AIRCRAFT REVEALED THE MAIN ROTOR HAD STRUCK & SHEARED THE TAILBOOM ABOUT 3 FEET IN FRONT OF THE TAILROTOR GEAR BOX. THE INSTRUCTOR REPORTED NO EVIDENCE OF ANY MALFUNCTIONS AND THERE WAS NONE FOUND DURING THE EXAMINATION.

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

LEVEL OFF..IMPROPER..DUAL STUDENT

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

SUPERVISION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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