NTSB Identification: LAX87DVM03.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35581.
Accident occurred Sunday, June 28, 1987 in SALINAS, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/14/1989
Aircraft: BELL 47G-5, registration: N6288N
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

AT THE END OF AN AERIAL APPLICATION OPERATION, ENROUTE TO THE AIRPORT, THE ENGINE QUIT. THE PILOT AUTOROTATED THE HELICOPTER ONTO A SOFT FIELD, WHERE ON TOUCHDOWN, THE HELICOPTER WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED. INSPECTION OF THE HELICOPTER REVEALED THAT THE FUEL TANKS CONTAINED LESS THAN THE USABLE AMOUNT OF FUEL FOR OPERATION.

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT


Contributing Factors

ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,FUEL QUANTITY GAGE..INCORRECT

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