NTSB Identification: ATL83FA144.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20487.
Accident occurred Friday, March 25, 1983 in CENTERVILLE, TN
Aircraft: KIT BUILT (ROTORWAY) SCORPION 133, registration: N506R
Injuries: 1 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.

THE ROTORCRAFT CRASHED IN A STEEPLY DESCENDING TURN SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF FROM ABOUT 100 FEET AGL. NO MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND DURING, THE ON-SITE WRECKAGE EXAMINATION WHICH WOULD HAVE RESULTED IN THE ABRUPT STEEP LEFT BANK AND GROUND IMPACT. THE PILOTS EXPERIENCE WAS LIMITED AS HE HAS ACQUIRED 26 HOURS FLIGHT TIME IN TWO AND ONE HALF YEARS. HIS LAST RECORDED FLIGHT WAS ALMOST 4 MONTHS PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT. THERE IS NO RECORD OF THE PILOT RECEIVING ANYDUAL INSTRUCTION IN HOVERING OUT OF GROUND EFFECT. THE LAST DUAL LOGBOOK ENTRY WAS DATED OCT. 17, 1981. THE PROCEDURE PERFORMED WAS 'LIMITED HOVERING, NO WIND, IN GROUND EFFECT ONLY'. ON THE ACCIDENT FLIGHT THE PILOT WAS ATTEMPTING TO FLYIN WINDY CONDITIONS, OUT OF GROUND EFFECT. WITNESSES SAID THE HELICOPTER WAS RUNNING PERFECTLY AND PRODUCED NO UNUSUAL NOISES. WITNESSES IN THE AREA OF THE ACCIDENT SITE DESCRIBED THE WEATHER AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT AS WINDY AND ONE ESTIMATED THE WIND VELOCITY AS BETWEEN 8 AND 10 MPH.

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

FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF RECENT EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WIND INFORMATION..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

INADEQUATE TRANSITION/UPGRADE TRAINING..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

TOTAL..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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