NTSB Identification: LAX85FA402.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30360.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Thursday, September 26, 1985 in KULA, HI
Aircraft: AEROSPATIALE AS350D, registration: N4268V
Injuries: 1 Fatal,5 Minor.

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 HELICOPTER COLLIDED WITH TERRAIN WHILE ON A SIGHTSEEING TOUR. THE PLT STATED THAT THE HELICOPTER LOST ALT AS HE ATTEMPTED TO CROSS POWER LINES. DIRECTIONAL CONTROL WAS LOST DURING THE ENSUING DOWN WIND EMERGENCY LANDING. THE HELICOPTER CONTACTED THE MOUNTAIN AND ROLLED ONTO ITS RIGHT SIDE. THE ACFT FLT MANUAL INDICATES THAT AT THE ACFT'S GROSSWEIGHT WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED, THE MAX HOVER IN GROUND EFFECT (HIGE) ALT CAPABILITY IS 7900 FT. THE ELEVATION AT THE ACCIDENT SITE WAS 9700 FT.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PERFORMANCE DATA..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MANEUVER..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN

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