NTSB Identification: LAX88LA037.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37178.
Accident occurred Saturday, November 07, 1987 in SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/26/1989
Aircraft: ROBINSON R-22, registration: N123PL
Injuries: 1 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.

A ROBINSON R22 LANDED HARD WHILE ON A VFR BUSINESS FLIGHT. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT HE LANDED HARD DURING A DOWNWIND APPROACH TO A LANDING SITE. HE EXAMINED THE HELICOPTER AND NOTICED THE AFT LANDING GEAR CROSS TUBE WAS BENT. HE FELT THE HELICOPTER WAS AIRWORTHY AND FLEW IT BACK TO THE AIRPORT. FURTHER EXAMINATION BY AIRFRAME AND POWERPLANT MECHANIC REVEALED SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO THE HELICOPTER'S AIRFRAME STRUCTURE AND TAILBOOM.

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

PROPER DESCENT RATE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TAILWIND

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