NTSB Identification: NYC88LA226.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38220.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 21, 1988 in PITTSTOWN, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/24/1989
Aircraft: HUGHES 269A, registration: N7028V
Injuries: 1 Minor,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 CFI WAS DEMONSTRATING A DEPARTURE AUTOROTATION TO A PROSPECTIVE STUDENT. A HIGH RATE OF DESCENT WITH LOW AIRSPEED AND LOW ROTOR RPM DEVELOPED AND THE CFI ATTEMPTED A POWER RECOVERY WITH NO RESULTS. THE ACFT TOUCHED DOWN HARD, THE SKIDS COLLAPSED AND THE HELICOPTER ROLLED OVER. THE PLT DID NOT REPORT ANY MECHANICAL PROBLEM BUT DID MENTION THAT SHIFTING WINDS MIGHT HAVE BEEN ENCOUNTERED.

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

AUTOROTATION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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

ROTOR RPM..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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