NTSB Identification: ANC84LA089.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25965.
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 12, 1984 in TALKEETNA, AK
Aircraft: BELL 205A-1, registration: N58116
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 HAD JUST PICKED UP AN EXTERNAL 'SLING' LOAD OF 2700 LBS OF BACK-FILL IN A CEMENT BUCKET. AT 900 FT AGL THE ACFT STARTED A VERTICAL VIBRATION. AS COLLECTIVE WAS BOTTOMED A LARGE PIECE OF ONE MAIN ROTOR BLADE SEPARATED. THE PLT SAID HE JETTISONED THE LOAD AND THE 100 FT LINE AND LANDED THE ACFT IN A MOUNTAIN SIDE CLEARING. DURING THE POST ACCIDENT EXAMINATION A PORTION OF THE MAIN ROTOR BLADE ABOUT 32 INCHES LONG WAS FOUND MISSING. THIS FAILURE STARTED WITH A CRACK ON THE BLADE. WHILE ON THE GROUND THE DROOPING OF THE BLADE WOULD TEND TO CLOSE AND MASK THE CRACK ON THE BOTTOM OF THE BLADE WHERE IT WOULD MORE READILY HAVE BEEN SEEN. A GENERAL AVIATION AIRWORTHINESS ALERT STATED THAT FRACTURES ON HELICOPTER BLADES OCCUR AT LOCATIONS WHERE BLADE DAMAGE EXISTED. DAMAGE RANGING FROM SCRATCHES, DENTS, NICKS OR CORROSION PITS BECAME A POTENTIAL POINT FOR STRESS TO CONCENTRATE AND PROPAGATE INTO CRACKS LEADING TO BLADE FAILURE.

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

ROTOR SYSTEM,MAIN ROTOR BLADE..FATIGUE

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

ROTOR SYSTEM,MAIN ROTOR BLADE..FAILURE,PARTIAL

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

ROTOR SYSTEM,MAIN ROTOR BLADE..CORRODED

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

ROTOR SYSTEM,MAIN ROTOR BLADE..CRACKED


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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