NTSB Identification: SEA85LA155.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28143.
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 02, 1985 in ROOSEVELT, WA
Aircraft: BELL 47G2, registration: N11VH
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.
A TOTAL LOSS OF POWER OCCURRED WHILE ON A CFR 137 FLIGHT, DUE TO FUEL EXHAUSTION. ALTHOUGH THE FUEL GAUGE SHOWED 1/2 TANK OF FUEL, THE PILOT FAILED TO VISUALLY CHECK THE FUEL PRIOR TO THIS FLIGHT. DURING AUTOROTATION ONTO A WHEAT FIELD A HARD LANDING OCCURRED SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGING THE TAIL BOOM.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND
ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,FUEL QUANTITY GAGE..INCORRECT
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