NTSB Identification: FTW89LA010.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37525.
Accident occurred Thursday, October 27, 1988 in DICKENS, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/25/1989
Aircraft: HUGHES 269C, registration: N7463F
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 WAS INSPECTING A HERD OF CATTLE WHEN HE THOUGHT THE HELICOPTER WAS DEVELOPING A PROBLEM WITH THE ENGINE AND MAIN ROTOR. HE STARTED AN AUTOROTATION, LOST TAIL ROTOR CONTROL, AND WENT INTO A LEFT SPIN WHICH CONTINUED TO CONTACT WITH THE GROUND. INVESTIGATION INDICATED AN IN-FLIGHT LOSS OF THE TAIL ROTOR DUE TO A SHIFT OF THE TAIL BOOM AFTER FAILURE OF THE LEFT BOOM SUPPORT TUBE FITTING.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:MISC ROTORCRAFT,TAIL PYLON..FAILURE,TOTAL
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:ROTOR DRIVE SYSTEM,TAIL ROTOR DRIVE SHAFT..FAILURE,TOTAL
MISC ROTORCRAFT,TAIL BOOM..BENT
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