NTSB Identification: NYC86LA107.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32982.
Accident occurred Friday, April 18, 1986 in RIDGEFIELD, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/10/1988
Aircraft: ENSTROM F-280C, registration: N51721
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.

SECONDS AFTER AN OVER-WATER TAKEOFF FROM A SHORELINE HELIPAD THE ACFT IMPACTED THE WATER AND SANK. THE PILOT AND PAX ESCAPED FROM THE SUBMERGED ACFT AND WERE NOT INJURED. THE PILOT CLAIMED THAT HE HAD A SPLIT NEEDLE IN WHICH THE ROTOR RPM DETERIORATED. THE PAX STATED THAT THE PILOT WAS IN A HURRY AND LIFTED LESS THAN 10 FEET BEFORE TURNING AND TAKING OFF OVER THE WATER. EXAMINATION OF THE CLUTCH AND DRIVE BELT ASSEMBLY DID NOT REVEAL ANY DISCREPENCIES.

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

PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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