NTSB Identification: LAX85LA035.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25907.
Accident occurred Sunday, October 28, 1984 in CASTROVILLE, CA
Aircraft: BELL 47-G2, registration: N8404E
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.

AT THE BEGINNING OF A SWATH RUN A TOTAL LOSS OF POWER OCCURRED. DURING THE HARD FORCED LANDING, THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES SEVERED THE TAIL BOOM. THE HELICOPTER FUEL TANKS WERE FOUND EMPTY AFTER THE ACCIDENT.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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