NTSB Identification: FTW88LA040.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36262.
Accident occurred Thursday, December 17, 1987 in ELDORADO, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/16/1989
Aircraft: HUGHES 269A-1, registration: N8945F
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.

WHILE THE PILOT WAS ATTEMPTING TO LAND IN A CLEARING, THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES CONTACTED A TREE CAUSING THE AIRCRAFT TO DESCEND UNCONTROLLED FOR ABOUT 40 FEET. THE HELICOPTER STRUCK THE GROUND IN A NOSE LOW ATTITUDE CAUSING DAMAGE TO THE SKIDS, BUBBLE, ROTOR BLADES, AND TAIL BOOM.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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