NTSB Identification: CHI83LA085.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20229.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Monday, January 17, 1983 in CINCINNATI, OH
Aircraft: BELL 206B, registration: N59426
Injuries: 3 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 BELL 206 HELICOPTER EXPERIENCED FUEL EXHAUSTION DURING APPROACH FOR LANDING AT A HELIPAD. DURING AUTOROTATION THE PILOT MOVED LEFT TO AVOID A PICKUP TRUCK ON THE OFF RAMP OF I-75 AND COLLIDED WITH A LIGHT POLE AT ABOUT 10 FEET AGL. THE AIRCRAFT YAWED LEFT, LANDED HARD AND SLID ABOUT 10 FEET.THE PILOT HAD STARTED THE FLIGHT WITH LESS THAN A FULL LOAD OF FUEL TO AVOID BEING LATE FOR TV NEWS PHOTOGRAPHERS, WHO WERE TO BE HIS PASSENGERS. AFTER PICKING UP THE TWO PASSENGERS AT WCPO-TV HELIPAD THEY FLEW FOR ABOUT 40 MINUTES, WHEN THE PILOT WITH 12 GALLONS OF FUEL INDICATED, INFORMEDTHE PASSENGERS THEY HAD TO RETURN BECAUSE OF LOW FUEL. AT 300 FEET AGL ABOUT ONE QUARTER MILE FROM THE PAD WITH 9 GALLONS INDICATED THE REAR BOOST PUMP WARNING LIGHT ILLUMINATED, THE AIR FILTER ICE LIGHT ILLUMINATED, INDICATING A DROP IN FUEL PRESSURE, FOLLOWED BY AUTO IGNITION LIGHT AND FLAME OUT.

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

FUEL SUPPLY..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..UTILITY POLE


Contributing Factors

ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,FUEL QUANTITY GAGE..FALSE INDICATION


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

AUTOROTATION..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

REFUELING..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PRESSURE INDUCED BY OTHERS..PILOT IN COMMAND

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