NTSB Identification: FTW83LA184.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22230.
Accident occurred Friday, April 08, 1983 in HEMPSTEAD, TX
Aircraft: BELL 206B, registration: N3898P
Injuries: 4 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.

ACORDING TO THE PILOT THE AIRCRAFT WAS IN LEVEL FLIGHT AT 800 FEET AGL WHEN THE PILOT EXPERIENCED SEVERE YAWS IN RAPID RAPID SUCCESSION. HE NOTICED HE TORQUE FLUCTUATING BETWEEN 30 AND 100 POUNDS, WENT INTO AUTOROTATION AND SELECTED A LANDING SPOT HEADING INTO THE WIND. AS THE PILOT WAS BEGINNING HIS FLARE WHEN A PASSENGER SAW POWERLINES RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM. THE PILOT MADE EVASIVE CORRECTIONS BUT HIT THE WIRES AND IMPACTED THE GROUND LEFT SIDE FIRST. A TEARDOWN OF THEENGINE REVEALED AN ACCUMULATION OF FOREIGN MATTERIAL IN THE COMPRESSOR AND DIFFUSER SECTIONS OF THE ENGINE.

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

TURBOSHAFT ENGINE,GAS GENERATOR..FOREIGN OBJECT

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

ROTATION..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MAINTENANCE,INSPECTION..NOT PERFORMED..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION


Contributing Factors

TURBOSHAFT ENGINE,GAS GENERATOR..FLUCTUATING

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