NTSB Identification: NYC84FGM05.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26302.
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 04, 1984 in PENN RUN, PA
Aircraft: BELL 47G-5, registration: N1477W
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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.
THE PLT WAS SPRAYING A POTATOE FIELD WITH A LIGHTLY LOADED HELICOPTER WHEN THE ENG FAILED. AT THAT TIME, THE HELICOPTER WAS ABOUT 10 FT AGL IN A SLIGHT RIGHT TURN & AT APRX 35 MPH. THE PLT FLARED TO STOP THE FORWARD MOVEMENT & LANDED, BUT THE TAIL ROTOR SECTION CONTACTED THE GROUND & SEPARATED FROM THE TAIL BOOM. AN EXAM OF THE ENG REVEALED THAT THE #6 CONNECTION ROD HAD FAILED & PUNCTURED THE CRANKCASE.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:ENGINE ASSEMBLY,CONNECTING ROD..FAILURE,TOTAL
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:FLARE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND
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