NTSB Identification: ATL89FA051.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38663.
Accident occurred Friday, December 02, 1988 in PINSON, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/24/1990
Aircraft: BELL 206B, registration: N3TV
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

TWO FAA INSPECTORS WERE CONDUCTING CURRENCY TRAINING WHEN THE HELICOPTER LANDED HARD DURING A PRACTICE POWER RECOVERY AUTOROTATION. THE PILOT HAD DELAYED IN APPLYING POWER AND COLLECTIVE PITCH. UPON CONTACT WITH THE GROUND, ALL ENGINE INSTRUMENTS INDICATED NORMAL OPERATION AND THE ENGINE RPM INDICATED IDLE POWER. THE PILOT FAILED TO MAINTAIN ADEQUATE ROTOR RPM. AFTER THE TOUCHDOWN, AN INSPECTION FAILED TO DISCLOSED ANY DAMAGE, BUT WHEN THE FLIGHT RETURNED TO BIRMINGHAM SUBSTANTIAL STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WAS NOTED IN THE RIGHT REAR SKID AREA.

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

LEVEL OFF..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

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

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