NTSB Identification: CHI85LA280.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29589.
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 10, 1985 in COAL VALLEY, IL
Aircraft: HUGHES 269A1A, registration: N8951F
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.

DURING AN AERIAL APPLICATION RUN THE PLT REPORTED A 'SPLIT SECOND LOSS OF POWER.' HE LOST DIRECTIONAL CONTROL OF THE HELICOPTER AND IT SETTLED INTO TALL CORN. IMPACT RESULTED IN LOSS OF THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES, SEVERENCE OF THE TAIL CONE AND SEPARATION OF THE SKIDS. EXAMINATION OF THE FUEL, ENG COMPONENTS AND AN ENG RUN DISCLOSED NO FAILURE/MALFUNCTION.

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

ROTOR RPM..INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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