NTSB Identification: SEA84LA050.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24320.
Accident occurred Wednesday, February 08, 1984 in LAS VEGAS, NV
Aircraft: HUGHES 269B, registration: N9509F
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 WAS ON THE RETURN PORTION OF A ROUND TRIP FROM LAS VEGAS TO MESQUITE, NV. & BACK. WHILE CRUISING AT ABOUT 500 FT AGL, THE ENG LOST POWER & HE INITIATED AN AUTOROTATIVE LANDING ON DOWNSLOPING TERRAIN. AT ABOUT 50 FT AGL, HE FLARED, THEN THE HELICOPTER LANDED HARD & WAS DAMAGED. THE PLT SAID THAT DURING THE LANDING, HE APPLIED COLLECTIVE TOO SOON & THIS RESULTED IN THE HARD LANDING. AN EXAM REVEALED THAT ONLY 1 2/3 GAL OF FUEL WAS REMAINING. ALSO, AN EXAM OF THE LOW FUEL WARNING LIGHT BULB REVEALED THAT IT WAS BROKEN. THERE WAS NO INDICATION THAT THE FILAMENT HAD STRETCHED.

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

PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DOWNHILL


Contributing Factors

FLARE..PREMATURE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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