NTSB Identification: FTW84LA217.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25260.
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 02, 1984 in NEW BRAUNFELS, TX
Aircraft: HUGHES 500D, registration: N5063G
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.

DESPITE ADVERSE WX WHICH FORCED THE PLT TO STOP ONCE ENROUTE TO HIS DEST THE FLT WAS CONTINUED. DIRECTIONAL CONTROL WAS LOST WHEN THE TAIL ROTOR CONTACTED THE TERRAIN SEPARATING BOTH TAIL ROTOR BLADES FROM THE ACFT AND TORSIONALLY SHEARING THE TAIL ROTOR DRIVE SHAFT. PWR WAS REDUCED AND THEPLT AUTOROTATED INTO A FIELD. THE TAILBOOM WAS STRUCK BY THEMAIN ROTOR BLADE DURING THE LDG. DURING THE LDG.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ROTORCRAFT FLIGHT CONTROL,TAIL ROTOR CONTROL..LOSS,TOTAL

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION

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