NTSB Identification: NYC85LA177.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28131.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 14, 1985 in HARTFORD, CT
Aircraft: SIKORSKY S-76A, registration: N3124L
Injuries: 2 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 APCH TO THE PVT HELIPAD WAS UNEVENTFUL UP TO THE LAST 100 FT WHERE THE PLTS NOTICED A HIGH SINK RATE. THE PLT INCREASED COLLECTIVE TO CORRECT FOR THE SITUATION. AT ABOUT 20 FT FROM TOUCHDOWN POINT THE PLT NOTICED A DECREASE IN RPM AND REALIZED THAT THEY WERE LOSING PWR. DURING THE TOUCHDOWN, THE TAIL CONE CONTACTED THE EDGE OF THE HELIPAD DAMAGING THE TAIL ROTOR DRIVE SHAFT. THE PLT SHUT THE ACFT DOWN ACCORDING TO NORMAL PROCEDURES. THE DROOP COMPENSATORS WERE BEING EXAMINED BY THE CORPORATION.

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY..UNDETERMINED

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLARE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

MISC ROTORCRAFT,TAIL CONE..DISTORTED


Contributing Factors

ROTOR DRIVE SYSTEM,TAIL ROTOR DRIVE SHAFT..BENT

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