NTSB Identification: LAX89LA104.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38533.
Accident occurred Monday, February 06, 1989 in PHOENIX, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/12/1990
Aircraft: Cameron A-140, registration: N2912R
Injuries: 1 Serious,5 Minor.

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 A SIGHTSEEING FLIGHT, AFTER TAKEOFF, THE WINDS INCREASED. THE PILOT PREPARED FOR A HIGH WIND LANDING AND BRIEFED THE PASSENGERS. THE BASKET IMPACTED THE GROUND, TIPPED AND WAS DRAGGED FOR SEVERAL FEET BEFORE COMING TO REST. ONE PASSENGER SUSTAINED SERIOUS INJURIES AS A RESULT OF THE HARD LANDING. A WITNESS REPORTED THAT THE WINDS WERE STRONG PRIOR TO TAKEOFF.

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

THE PILOT DISPLAYED POOR PREFLIGHT PLANNING AND PREPARATION BY NOT PROPERLY EVALUATING THE WEATHER CONDITIONS.

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