NTSB Identification: ATL87LA256.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35019.
Accident occurred Friday, September 11, 1987 in MORRISTOWN, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/25/1989
Aircraft: HUGHES 269A, registration: N8709F
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

ONE CFI WAS DEMONSTRATING HIS PROCEDURES FOR AUTOROTATIONS WITH POWER RECOVERY TO HIS EMPLOYER WHO WAS ALSO A CFI. THIS WAS TO INSURE STANDARDIZATION WITHIN THE HELICOPTER PILOT SCHOOL. THE AUTOROTATION WAS ENTERED FROM ABOUT 700 FEET AGL TO THE DEPARTURE AIRPORT. AT ABOUT 50 TO 60 FEET AGL, THE FLARE FOR LANDING WAS INITIATED AND POWER WAS APPLIED FOR THE RECOVERY. REPORTEDLY, THE APPLICATION OF POWER WAS TOO LATE FOR RECOVERY AND THE HELICOPTER CONTACTED THE GROUND IN A NOSE HIGH ATTITUDE. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES SEVERED THE TAIL BOOM AND THE HELICOPTER ROLLED OVER.

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

FLARE..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SUPERVISION..INADEQUATE..CHECK PILOT

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