NTSB Identification: MKC84FA147.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26563.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 27, 1984 in KEARNEY, NE
Aircraft: HUGHES 369D, registration: N5102Z
Injuries: 1 Fatal,3 Serious,1 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.

DURING RETURN TO ARPT FROM A LOCAL FLIGHT, THE PLT DIVERTED TO OBSERVE PROPERTY OF A PERSONAL FRIEND, LOCATED ALONG A RIVER BANK. THE PLT WAS MAKING A RIGHT TURN ABOUT 200 FT AGL AT 40 TO 50 KTS AIRSPEED WHEN VIBRATION WAS FELT IN THE ANTI-TORQUE PEDALS & THE ACFT ENTERED AN UPRIGHT, VERTICAL DESCENT, SPINNING ABOUT THE VERTICAL AXIS UNTIL IMPACTING THROUGH THE ROOF OF A METAL STORAGE BUILDING LOCATED ON THE PROPERTY. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED NO MECHANICAL FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION EXCEPT FOR A SLIGHT FLUCTATION IN THE FREE TURBINE GOVERNOR & FUEL CONTROL WHEN THE ENGINE WAS TEST RUN IN IT'S POST-CRASH CONDITION. THE PLT OF THE MEDICAL RESCUE HELICOPTER RESPONDING TO THE SCENE STATED HE HAD DIFFICULTY CONTROLLING HIS ACFT IN THE VICINITY OF THE CRASH DUE TO TURBULENCE AND DOWNDRAFTS IN A 20 KT WIND ASSOCIATED WITH DENSE FOREST ALONG THE RIVER.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN KIND OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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