NTSB Identification: LAX84LA366.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24686.
Accident occurred Monday, June 25, 1984 in CONCORD, CA
Aircraft: BELL 47G-2, registration: N953
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.
ACCORDING TO A PLT/OPERATOR STATEMENT, THE STUDENT PLT WAS CLEARED FOR A DOWNWIND APCH TO LAND ON 'PAD 3.' THE STUDENT STATED THAT THE APCH WAS NORMAL UNTIL HE SLOWED TO 40 MPH & 'MADE LEFT TURN TO FINAL APPROACH INTO A CROSS WIND.' DURING THE TURN TO FINAL APCH, THE STUDENT ATTEMPTED TO COMMUNICATE WITH ATC TO REQUEST A TURN INTO THE WIND. DURING THE DISCUSSION, THE STUDENT BECAME DISTRACTED. HE ALLOW THE AIRSPEED TO DECAY & THE HELICOPTER BEGAN SETTLING WITH POWER. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE HELICOPTER TOUCHED DOWN HARD IN A TAIL LOW ATTITUDE & THE TAIL ROTOR SEPARATED. THE HELICOPTER THEN BEGAN TO ROTATE & THE GEAR (SKID) SEPARATED.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND
AIRSPEED..REDUCED..PILOT IN COMMAND
DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND
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