NTSB Identification: LAX86LUG01.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30679.
Accident occurred Saturday, October 19, 1985 in DAGGETT, CA
Aircraft: Texas Helicopter M74A, registration: N51862
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.

THE PLT STATED HE HAD JUST LIFTED OFF FOR A FERTILIZER SPREADING OPERATION WITH AN EXTERNAL LOAD BUCKET, WHEN THE ENG HAD A PARTIAL PWR LOSS AT 100 FT AGL. A DESCENT WAS STARTED AND THE BUCKET WAS DISENGAGED. HOWEVER, WHILE THE PLT WAS ATTEMPTING TO LAND THE HELICOPTER, THE TAIL ROTOR CONTACTED THE GROUND, FOLLOWED BY THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES. WHEN THE HELICOPTER CAME TO REST, IT WAS LAYING ON IT'S RIGHT SIDE. POST ACCIDENT INSPECTION DISCLOSED TE MOVABLE BREAKER OF THE LEFT MAGNETO BREAKER POINT ASSEMBLY WAS FOUND BROKEN OFF AND LAYING IN THE BOTTOM OF THE MAGNETO HOUSING.

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

IGNITION SYSTEM,MAGNETO..FAILURE,TOTAL

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

ALTITUDE..INADEQUATE

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