NTSB Identification: SEA88LA016.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35316.
Accident occurred Wednesday, November 11, 1987 in TURNER, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/27/1988
Aircraft: HILLER FH-1100, registration: N35HA
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.

WHILE ON A SHORT CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT THE PILOT ENCOUNTERED A RAIN STORM AND LOW CLOUDS. THE PILOT MADE A 180 DEGREE TURN AND THEN ELECTED TO MAKE A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING IN A FIELD. ALTHOUGH THE PILOT VISUALLY INSPECTED THE AREA PRIOR TO LANDING, HE DID NOT SEE RISING TERRAIN. DURING LANDING THE TAIL ROTOR STRUCK RISING TERRAIN CAUSING A LOSS OF TAIL ROTOR CONTROL. THE HELICOPTER THEN DESCENDED TO THE GROUND.

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..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER EVALUATION..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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