NTSB Identification: ATL85LA259.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28629.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 25, 1985 in ELIZABETHTOWN, KY
Aircraft: HUGHES 269C, registration: N9280F
Injuries: 3 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.

AFTER TAKEOFF FROM OFF AIRPORT LANDING ZONE, THE ACFT ENCOUNTERED HEAVY RANINSHOWERS AND THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO RETURN TO THE LANDING ZONE. VISIBILITY WAS SUCH THAT THE PLT WAS UNABLE TO SEE THE GROUND AND THE TAILROTOR CONTACTED A LAKE ADJACENT TO THE LANDING ZONE. THE HELICOPTER REPORTEDLY THEN SANK IN THE LAKE.

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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