NTSB Identification: SEA89LA088.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38528.
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 17, 1989 in KETCHIKAN, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/12/1990
Aircraft: BELL 214B-1, registration: N614RM
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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 HOVER DESCENT TO PICK UP A LOAD OF LOGS WHILE CONDUCTING HELICOPTER LOGGING OPERATIONS, THE PILOT INADVERTENTLY CONTACTED A TREE WITH THE TAIL ROTOR. THE HELICOPTER SUBSEQUENTLY COLLIDED WITH TERRAIN.

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

THE PILOT MISJUDGING CLEARANCE FROM TREES DURING A HOVER DESCENT.

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