NTSB Identification: NYC85FA145A.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27982.
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 11, 1985 in BELMAR, NJ
Aircraft: SIKORSKY S76A, registration: N176FJ
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious,4 Minor.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

DURING TAKEOFF & LANDING PRACTICE FOR A PRE-SOLO PLT THE CFI SAW A HELICOPTER, N176FJ, APPROACHING THE ARPT. N4956B, AT THE TIME OF 1ST SIGHTING, WAS ON A LEFT BASE FOR RWY 3. THE ROTORCRAFT APPARENTLY DID NOT SEE N4956B OR HEAR ANY RADIO CALLS AT THIS UNCONTROLLED ARPT. THE ROTORCRAFT CAME FROM THE SOUTH TO HOVER OVER A POSITION NEAR THE PARALLEL TAXIWAY BY RWY 3. THE HELICOPTER WAS HOVERING & N4956B WAS LIFTING OFF AFTER A TOUCH-&-GO LANDING WHEN IT VEERED TO THE RIGHT AND COLLIDED WITH THE HELICOPTER. WHEN THE CFI WAS REMOVED FROM THE ACFT HE STATED THAT THEY WERE CAUGHT IN THE HELICOPTERS ROTOR VORTEX TURBULENCE.

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

VISUAL SEPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT OF OTHER AIRCRAFT

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT OF OTHER AIRCRAFT



Contributing Factors

RADIO COMMUNICATIONS..NOT RECEIVED..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

VISUAL LOOKOUT..NOT RECEIVED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

REMEDIAL ACTION..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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