NTSB Identification: ATL85FA067.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27266.
Accident occurred Tuesday, December 25, 1984 in HUNTSVILLE, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/02/1996
Aircraft: ROBINSON R-22 ALPHA, registration: N8475K
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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.

A POPPING SOUND THEN A LOUD NOISE AND A PUFF OF SMOKE PRECEDED THE HELICOPTER'S FALL TO THE GROUND, STATED A 12 YEAR OLD BOY WHO SAID HE SAW THE ACCIDENT. EXAMINATION OF THE HELICOPTER FAILED TO DISCLOSE ANY TRACE OF FIRE. HOWEVER ONE MAIN ROTOR BLADE CONTACTED THE LEFT FRONT OF THE COCKPIT AND WRAPPED AROUND UNDER THE HELICOPTER. THE WRECKAGE WAS SCATTERED OVER AN AREA 300 X 700 FT. THE PASSENGER HAD ABOUT 65 HOURS OF FLIGHT BUT NO CERTIFICATE AND NO KNOWN HELICOPTER TIME. THE PIC HAD PREVIOUSLY HAD HIS COMMERCIAL ASEL CERTIFICATE REVOKED FOR GIVING FLIGHT INSTRUCTION IN A SMALL AIRPLANE WITHOUT HAVING A CFI RATING. THE PIC HAD REAPPLIED FOR AND HAD BEEN REISSUED HIS COMMERCIAL CERTIFICATE. HE HAD SINCE UPGRADED HIS CERTIFICATE TO AN ATP FOR AMEL, COMMERCIAL FOR ASEL, ASES, AMES AND HELICOPTER. HE ALSO HAD A CFI RATING FOR ASMEL BUT NOT FOR HELICOPTER. HIS FLT EXPERIENCE COULD NOT BE ACCURATELY DETERMINED BECAUSE OF CONFLICTING DATA IN AIRMAN RECORDS AND PILOT LOGS.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED


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