NTSB Identification: BFO87LA047.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34716.
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 15, 1987 in CAPRON, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/07/1988
Aircraft: HILLER FH-1100, registration: N590FH
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.
THE PLT MADE A 60 MPH POWER DESCENT LANDING APCH. WHEN THE HELICOPTER DESCENDED TO A HEIGHT OF ABOUT 10 FT AGL, THE PLT RAISED COLLECTIVE AND APPLIED LEFT RUDDER PRESSURE. THE HELICOPTER ABRUPTLY TURNED RIGHT. ACCORDING TO THE PLT, THE HELICOPTER DID NOT RESPOND TO HIS CORRECTIVE INPUT TO THE CYCLIC. THE HELICOPTER DESCENDED AND LANDED HARD ON ITS RIGHT LANDING SKID FOLLOWED BY THE MAIN ROTOR BLADE STRIKING THE HELICOPTER. EXAMINATION OF THE ACFT DID NOT REVEAL EVIDENCE OF PREIMPACT MALFUNCTIONS/FAILURES.
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:ROTORCRAFT FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND
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