NTSB Identification: ATL83LA103.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23109.
Accident occurred Tuesday, February 15, 1983 in PADUCAH, KY
Aircraft: HUGHES 369HS, registration: N3280K
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.

THE ACFT WAS DAMAGED DURING AN AUTOROTATION INTO AN OPEN FIELD AFTER A CHIP DETECTOR LIGHT ILLUMINATED. THE CHIP LIGHT IS USED FOR DETECTING METAL IN THE TRANSMISSION, ENGINE AND TAIL ROTOR GEAR BOX. EXAMINATION OF THE TRANSMISSION REVEALED METAL PARTICLES ON THE PLUG WHICH WERE FROM THE TRIPLEX BEARING. THE TRANSMISSION WAS STILL CAPABLE OF OPERATION AND SUSTAINING FLT ACCORDING TO THE FAA EXAMINER. ONE WITNESS SAID THE ACFT WAS EMPTY OF FUEL WHEN EXAMINED ATTHE SCENE. WHEN QUESTIONED ABOUT FUEL EXHAUSTION THE PLT SAID HE DRAINED THE FUEL ABOARD THE ACFT IN PREPARATION FOR MOVING IT.

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

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..PREMATURE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WARNING SYSTEM(OTHER)..ENGAGED


Contributing Factors

AUTOROTATION..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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