NTSB Identification: BFO89LA054.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 40151.
Accident occurred Saturday, July 01, 1989 in BALTIMORE, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/02/1990
Aircraft: HUGHES 269C, registration: N1113Z
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 ACFT WAS AIR TAXIING AT 2 FT AGL WHEN THE INSTRUCTOR CUT THE POWER TO SIMULATE A POWER LOSS. ACCORDING TO THE STUDENT AND INSTRUCTOR, A NORMAL LANDING FOLLOWED; HOWEVER, THE ACFT NOSED OVER. UPON EXITING THE ACFT THEY NOTICED THEY HAD LANDED ON A DIRT MOUNT AND THE LEFT LANDING SKID HAD FAILED.

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

THE PILOT LANDED ON UNSUITABLE SOFT TERRAIN WHICH CAUSED THE LANDING SKID TO SINK INTO THE GROUND. THIS RESULTED IN A LANDING SKID OVERLOAD FAILURE AND NOSE OVER OF THE HELICOPTER. CONTRIBUTING TO THE ACCIDENT WAS THE SOFT TERRAIN.

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