NTSB Identification: FTW85FA282.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30912.
Accident occurred Thursday, July 11, 1985 in MATAGORDA ISLNG, LA
Aircraft: AEROSPATIALE AS-350D, registration: N3594N
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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.

THE ACFT TOUCHED DOWN HARD DURING AN ATTEMPTED AUTOROTATION TO AN ABANDONED AIR BASE. INITIAL TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED ON THE STINGER AND THE ACFT YAWED TO THE LEFT OF RWY HEADING 30 TO 40 DEGREES. THE NEXT TOUCHDOWN WAS ON THE SKIDS AND THE ACFT YAWED FURTHER TO THE LEFT TO APRX 45 DEGREES. FOLLOWING THIS, THE ACFT ROLLED OVER. NO EVIDENCE OF PRE-IMPACT FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION OF THE ACFT COULD BE FOUND.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MINIMUM DESCENT ALTITUDE..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AUTOROTATION..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLARE..REDUCED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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