NTSB Identification: NYC86LA204.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32363.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 10, 1986 in NORWOOD, MA
Aircraft: HUGHES 369HS, registration: N369B
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.

THE PLT WAS PRACTICING AN AUTOROTATION FROM A CLOSED TRAFFIC PATTERN TO THE NUMBERS ON RWY 35. HE RPRTD THAT HE MADE A NORMAL FLARE & POWER RECOVERY. HOWEVER, AS THE HELICOPTER WAS NOSING FORWARD OUT OF THE FLARE, THE PLT HEARD A NOISE & FELT A PERCUSSION FROM THE REAR OF THE ACFT. THE HELICOPTER YAWED & LANDED HARD. AN EXAM REVEALED THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES HAD STRUCK & SEVERED THE TAIL BOOM.

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

FLARE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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