NTSB Identification: LAX86LA344.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34481.
Accident occurred Thursday, September 11, 1986 in CARLSBAD, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/10/1988
Aircraft: HUGHES 269C, registration: N58323
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 HELICOPTER DEPARTED PALOMAR AIRPORT (CRQ), CARLSBAD, CA, ON A LOCAL INSTRUCTIONAL FLIGHT AND WAS THE SECOND FLIGHT FOR THE DUAL STUDENT. AFTER COMPLETING THE FLIGHT LESSON THE STUDENT ASKED THE CFI TO DEMONSTRATE HOVERING. THE CFI INITIATED AN AUTOROTATION WITH A POWER-ON RECOVERY OVER BATIQUITOS LAGOON, A HIGH, BRUSH COVERED MARSHY SWAMP AREA. AFTER RECOVERING FROM THE AUTOROTATION THE INSTRUCTOR ATTEMPTED FORWARD FLIGHT AND THE SKIDS CONTACTED THE HIGH BRUSH. THE HELICOPTER PITCHED DOWNWARD AND AFT CYCLIC CONTROL COULD NOT ARREST THE DOWNWARD MOMENT. THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES CONTACTED THE GROUND.

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

LEVEL OFF..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH VEGETATION


Contributing Factors

AUTOROTATION..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND

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