NTSB Identification: NYC88LA209.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38124.
Accident occurred Friday, August 05, 1988 in OAKLAND, ME
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/29/1989
Aircraft: BELL 47G3B-1, registration: N6286N
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.

DURING AN AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY FLT, THE PILOT WAS MANEUVERING AT 30 FT, AT 25 MPH AND MAKING A RIGHT TURN OVER A LAKE WHEN THE NOSE OF THE HELICOPTER SWUNG TO THE RIGHT UNEXPECTEDLY. HE STATED THAT 'WHEN THE AIRCRAFT ENTERED THE UNEXPECTED SWING TO THE RIGHT I ONLY HAD TIME TO REALIZE THAT I LOST TAIL ROTOR EFFECTIVENESS AND ATTEMPT TO ACCELERATE FORWARD WITH CYCLIC BEFORE WATER IMPACT.' THE PHOTOGRAPHER HAD PHOTOGRAPHED A CAMP AND WATER SKIERS AND HAD ASKED THE PILOT TO MANEUVER NEAR A BOAT, OVER A FLOAT, WHEN THE LOSS OF CONTROL OCCURRED.

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:

TAIL ROTOR/ANTI-TORQUE CONTROL..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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