NTSB Identification: LAX83FA100.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20924.
Accident occurred Saturday, February 12, 1983 in TUCSON, AZ
Aircraft: HELIO H-395, registration: N4160D
Injuries: 5 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 ACFT GROUND LOOPED DURING LANDING AND COLLIDED WITH AN ACFT ARRESTING SYSTEM COMPONENT. THE PILOT WAS LANDING ON RWY11L. HE DID NOT REPORT ANY DIFFICULTY CONTROLLING THE ACFT UNTIL HE BEGAN HIS FLARE. AT THAT TIME HE STATED THAT A SLIGHT AIR DISTURBANCE WAS ENCOUNTERED AND SHORTLY THEREAFTER HE LOST CONTROL OF THE ACFT. HE DRIFTED TO THE LEFT OF THERWY AND GROUND LOOPED. DURING THE GROUND LOOP THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH THE TAPE STORAGE REEL OF THE ACFT ARRESTING SYSTEM.THIS COMPONENT WAS ABOUT 25 FT FROM THE RWY EDGE.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND
GROUND LOOP/SWERVE..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND
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