NTSB Identification: NYC87LA069.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34103.
Accident occurred Wednesday, January 28, 1987 in ANTRIM, NH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/1988
Aircraft: HUGHES 269D, registration: N3624J
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.

DURING A PRACTICE HOVER, THE PILOT LOST DIRECTIONAL CONTROL AND THE HELICOPTER PITCHED UP AT AN ANGLE OF ABOUT 20-25 DEGREES CAUSING THE TAIL ROTOR TO CONTACT THE SNOW. THE AIRCRAFT WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED, BUT THERE WERE NO INJURIES. THE CFI STATED THAT SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN HOVERING AT A HIGHER ALTITUDE OVER SOMETHING WHICH DEPTH PERCEPTION WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN EASILY CONFUSED.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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