NTSB Identification: NYC83FA052.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20419.
Accident occurred Saturday, January 08, 1983 in MILFORD, CT
Aircraft: ROBINSON R22, registration: N9017Y
Injuries: 2 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 HELICOPTER COLLIDED WITH A TELEPHONE POLE DURING AN AUTOROTATION FORCED LANDING AFTER AN ENGINE MALFUNCTION. THE AIRCRAFT WAS CRUISING AT 500 FEET WHEN THERE WAS AN AUDIBLE DECREASE IN MAIN ROTOR AND ENGINE RPM. THE ROTOR RPM WAS BETWEEN 80-85 PERCENT WHEN THE INSTRUCTOR PILOT TOOK CONTROL FROM THE STUDENT. DURING AN AUTOROTATIVE LANDING, THE INSTRUCTOR MANEUVERED TO AVOID WIRES WHILE LANDING ON A DOWNHILL STREET, AWAY FROM AUTOMOBILE TRAFFIC. THE AUTOROTATION WAS ALMOST COMPLETE WHEN THE ROTOR STRUCK A TELEPHONE POLE AND ROLLED THE AIRCRAFT ON ITS SIDE. THE LOW RPM WARNING HORN AND CAUTION LIGHT DID NOT WORK AS PROGRAMMED. THE BATTERY TERMINAL WERE FOUND CORRODED AND THE BATTERY VOLTAGE WAS FOUND TO BE LOW. ELECTRICAL WIRE #19 WAS FOUND DISCONNECTED FROM THE ALTERNATOR SWITCH WHERE THE WIRE HAD BEEN SOLDERED TO THE SWITCH. AN EXAMINATION REVEALED THAT THE SOLDER ADHESION WAS GOOD, BUT THE WIRE HAD NOT BEEN PASSED THRU THE TERMINAL POST & WRAPPED BEFORE IT WAS SOLDERED. NO OTHER PREIMPACT MALFUNCTIONS OR FAILURES WERE FOUND.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED


Contributing Factors

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM,ELECTRIC WIRING..DISCONNECTED


Contributing Factors

AUTOROTATION..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..DOWNHILL


Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE,INSTALLATION..IMPROPER


Contributing Factors

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM,ALTERNATOR..INOPERATIVE


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..VEHICLE


Contributing Factors

MANEUVER..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)


Contributing Factors

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM,BATTERY..CORRODED


Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE..INADEQUATE..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..UTILITY POLE


Contributing Factors

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM,BATTERY..OUTPUT LOW


Contributing Factors

WARNING SYSTEM(OTHER)..INOPERATIVE

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