NTSB Identification: CHI84LA211.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24700.
Accident occurred Monday, May 28, 1984 in DRUMMOND ISLAND, MI
Aircraft: BELL 47G, registration: N10174
Injuries: 1 Serious,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 HAD PREVIOUSLY MADE 2 LOCAL FLTS, DURING WHICH, HE PRACTICED WATER LANDINGS & TAKEOFFS AS WELL AS OTHER MANEUVERS. ON THE 3RD FLT, HE MADE SEVERAL WATER TAKEOFFS & LANDINGS. THEN WHILE ON A LANDING, THE HELICOPTER BEGAN TO ROLL QUICKLY TO THE RIGHT. HE APPLIED LEFT CYCLIC & UP COLLECTIVE, BUT THE ROTOR BLADES STRUCK THE WATER. THE HELICOPTER ROLLED INVERTED, BUT CONTINUED TO BE SUPPORTED BY THE FLOATS. THE PASSENGER SUFFERED WATER INJESTION & WAS HOSPITALIZED. THE PLT ESTIMATED THAT THE WIND WAS FROM THE NORTHWEST AT 15 KTS.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND
WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND
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