NTSB Identification: FTW88LA134.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38448.
Accident occurred Friday, July 15, 1988 in PORT O'CONNOR, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/04/1990
Aircraft: BELL 47G2, registration: N47WJ
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.

THE PILOT STATED THAT HE TURNED DOWNWIND DURING HOVER PRACTICE, ALLOWED THE MAIN ROTOR RPM TO DECREASE, AND SETTLED WITH POWER TO A HARD LANDING. THE FRONT PORTION OF THE SKIDS IMPACTED FIRST AND THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES STRUCK THE TAIL BOOM. THE PILOT WAS NOT RATED TO FLY HELICOPTERS.

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

ROTORCRAFT FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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