NTSB Identification: CHI86LA124.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30975.
Accident occurred Saturday, April 12, 1986 in LOWELL, MI
Aircraft: HUGHES 269A, registration: N8059H
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.

THE PILOT HAD JUST COMPLETED TWO AUTOROTATIONS WHEN HE LANDED HARD ON THE THIRD. THE MAIN ROTOR FLEXED DOWN SEVERING THE TAILBOOM AND TAILROTOR. ALTHOUGH THE PILOT HAD LOGGED OVER 6000 HOURS FLIGHT TIME, HE HAD ONLY 51 HOURS TOTAL ROTORCRAFT TIME. HE HAD RECEIVED HIS COMMERCIAL HELICOPTER RATING SIX MONTH PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT. HE HAD LOGGED 2.5 HOURS HELICOPTER TIME IN THE PREVIOUS 180 DAYS.

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

LACK OF RECENT EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REMEDIAL ACTION..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AUTOROTATION..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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