NTSB Identification: NYC86LA227.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32952.
Accident occurred Friday, August 22, 1986 in NEWBURYPORT, MA
Aircraft: BELL 47J-2A, registration: N255PH
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 EXPERIENCED A TOTAL POWER LOSS OF THE ACFT ENG WHILE PRACTICING AUTOROTATIONS. THE HELICOPTER LANDED HARD, THE MAIN ROTOR FLEXED AND SEVERED THE TAIL BOOM. POST ACCIDENT INSPECTION OF THE HELICOPTER REVEALED THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS POSITIONED ON THE RIGHT TANK WHICH CONTAINED NO FUEL.

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

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION

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

FUEL TANK SELECTOR POSITION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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