NTSB Identification: LAX85LA282.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29675.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Saturday, June 15, 1985 in LAHAINA, HI
Aircraft: BELL 206B-III, registration: N3179X
Injuries: 4 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 PILOT REPORTED THAT THE ENGINE FAILED AT AN ALTITUDE OF 800 FEET MSL DURING THE CLIMB TO CRUISE PHASE OF A SIGHTSEEING FLIGHT WITH 3 PASSENGERS ON BOARD. THE ACFT LANDED IN THE SURF OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN AND DAMAGED THE TAIL ROTOR. THE PILOT AND PASSENGERS RECEIVED NO INJURIES. AN EXAMINATION OF THE FUEL SYSTEM DISCLOSED AN EXESS OF 3 GALLONS OF FRESH WATER IN THE TANK.

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT SERVICE..IMPROPER..COMPANY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL



Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..WATER

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