NTSB Identification: FTW88LA153.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38177.
Accident occurred Thursday, August 18, 1988 in PEARLAND, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/24/1989
Aircraft: BELL 206B, registration: N16962
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 HELICOPTER WAS AT 300 FEET AGL, MAKING AN APPROACH AFTER A MAINTENANCE TEST FLIGHT, WHEN THE ENGINE OVERTEMPED AND ENGINE POWER WAS LOST. DURING THE AUTOROTATION LANDING, THE HELICOPTER TOUCHED DOWN HARD. THE ACFT ENG BEGAN TO DECELERATE PRIOR TO AUTOROTATION WHEN THE ENG TEMP ROSE TO 1000 DEGREES. A FLARE WAS INITIATED TO SLOW THE FORWARD SPEED AND COLLECTIVE PITCH WAS APPLIED TO CUSHION THE LANDING.

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

TURBOSHAFT ENGINE..OVERTEMPERATURE

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:

PROPER ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

TURBOSHAFT ENGINE..FAILURE,TOTAL

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