NTSB Identification: MIA87LA106.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33142.
Accident occurred Thursday, March 12, 1987 in OPA LOCKA, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/1988
Aircraft: HUGHES 364HS, registration: N4507C
Injuries: 2 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.

THE PILOT OF THE HELICOPTER WAS EXECUTING A NORMAL APPROACH TO THE GROUND WHEN AS HE NEARED THE GROUND THE VENTRAL FIN STRUCK THE GROUND. THE TAIL ROTOR DRIVESHAFT RE-CENTERED AND THE PILOT THOUGHT THE ACCOMPANYING SHUDDER WAS A TAIL ROTOR FAILURE, AND LANDED THE HELICOPTER HARD WITH FORWARD GROUND SPEED. THE AIRCRAFT THEN ROCKED FORWARD AND THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES STRUCK THE GROUND. THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES THEN SLAPPED THE TAILBOOM AS THE AIRCRAFT ROCKED BACK.

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

RECOVERY FROM BOUNCED LANDING..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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