NTSB Identification: LAX89LA309.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 39520.
Accident occurred Thursday, March 30, 1989 in MESA, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/1991
Aircraft: HUGHES 269C, registration: N58164
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.

THE INSTRUCTOR (CFI) RPRTD THAT WHILE PRACTICING AN AUTOROTATION, THE STUDENT PLT DELAYED IN FLARING THE HELICOPTER. IT THEN TOUCHED DOWN HARD AS THE STUDENT APPLIED EXCESSIVE AFT CYCLIC. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES SEVERED THE TAIL BOOM.

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

IMPROPER FLARE BY THE STUDENT PILOT, AND IMPROPER SUPERVISION BY THE INSTRUCTOR PILOT (CFI).

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