NTSB Identification: ATL87LA252.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34089.
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 08, 1987 in MC INTOSH, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/1988
Aircraft: BELL 47G-2A, registration: N1200W
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 HELICOPTER WAS BEING USED TO SET FIRES TO BURN OFF UNDERBRUSH IN A COMMERCIAL FOREST PRIOR TO CUTTING OF TREES. THE PLT LANDED THE HELICOPTER ON A MOBILE TRANSPORT TRAILER AT THE COMPLETION OF THE DAY'S WORK. THE HELICOPTER ENGINE HAD BEEN SHUT OFF AND THE ROTOR BLADES WERE COASTING TO A STOP. PREVIOUSLY SET FIRE GENERATED WIND WHICH LIFTED THE TAIL OF THE HELICOPTER. THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES HIT THE GROUND AND THE HELICOPTER FUEL TANK, SPILLING FUEL WHICH IGNITED.

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

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND

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