NTSB Identification: SEA87LA074.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33554.
Accident occurred Friday, April 03, 1987 in FORKS, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/09/1988
Aircraft: HUGHES 369D, registration: N8356F
Injuries: 1 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.

DURING EXTERNAL LOAD OPERATION THE AIRCRAFT'S ENGINE CEASED OPERATING. THE HELICOPTER WAS TOO CLOSE TO THE GROUND FOR RECOVERY. THE HELICOPTER DESCENDED, STRUCK THE GROUND HARD AND THEN ROLLED OVER ONTO ITS RIGHT SIDE. WATER IN THE FUEL WAS DISCOVERED AFTER THE ACCIDENT.

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

FLUID,FUEL..WATER

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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