NTSB Identification: BFO87LA005.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33775.
Accident occurred Friday, October 24, 1986 in HARBORTON, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/23/1992
Aircraft: ROBINSON R22B, registration: N24684
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

DURING AN APCH TO LAND, THE PLT EXPEREINCED A LOSS OF TAIL ROTOR EFFECTIVENESS AND THE ACFT ROTATED TO THE RIGHT. THE AIRSPEED WAS REPORTED AS 30 MPH WITH A DESCENT RATE OF 150 FPM AND THE ACFT WAS LESS THAN 50 FT AGL. THE ACFT THEN DESCENDED TO A COLLISION WITH THE TERRAIN. THE PLT DID NOT REPORT LOWERING THE COLLECTIVE TO RECOVER ROTOR RPM. THE ACFT WAS ON ONE OF SEVERAL FLIGHT LEGS FROM TORRANCE, CA TO PRINCETON, NJ. IT HAD 74 HRS TOTAL TIME.

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

ROTOR RPM..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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