NTSB Identification: ATL85LA219.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29118.
Accident occurred Thursday, July 18, 1985 in PICKENS, SC
Aircraft: HILLER UH-12E, registration: N40296
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 HAD COMPLETED APPLICATION OF A HERBICIDE AND WAS RETURNING TO HIS TEMP OPNS AREA 1/2 MI DISTANT WHEN THE ENGINE QUIT ABOUT 50 FT AGL. PLT FLARED THE HELICOPTER ON THE 45 DEG DOWNSLOPE AND TAILBEEM/ROTOR CONTACTED GROUND. THE FUEL GAUGE IND 18 GALS HOWEVER ONLY A PINT COULD BE DRAINED FROM THE FUEL SYSTEM. THE FUEL QTY TEST SYSTEM WAS INOP POST ACCIDENT. PLT DID NOT VISUALLY CK FUEL QTY PRIOR TO FLT.

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

COMPLACENCY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,FUEL QUANTITY GAGE..INOPERATIVE


Contributing Factors

EXPECTANCY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

COMPLACENCY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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