NTSB Identification: ATL83LA246.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21854.
Accident occurred Thursday, June 30, 1983 in GASTONIA, NC
Aircraft: HUGHES 269A, registration: N8835F
Injuries: 2 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.

WHILE EN ROUTE AT 500 FT AGL, THE ENG SUDDENLY LOST POWER & WENT TO IDLE RPM. DURING AN AUTOROTATION TO THE SIDE OF A HIGHWAY, THE ACFT WAS MANEUVERED OVER A POWER LINE, THEN UNDER ANOTHER LINE. AFTER TOUCHDOWN, THE HELICOPTER SLID INTO SOME BUSHES & A SMALL TREE. THE PLT REPORTED THAT THERE WAS NO SUITABLE PLACE TO LAND EXCEPT ALONG THE HIGHWAY. THE THREADS IN THE END OF THE THROTTLE CONTROL CABLE ASSEMBLY WERE STRIPPED. THIS ALLOWED THE ENG TO GO TO IDLE RPM. THE CABLE, PN 267A-4683-3, HAD ACCUMULATED 770 HRS SINCE INSTALLATION.

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

THROTTLE/POWER LEVER,CABLE..STRIPPED THREAD


Contributing Factors

AUTOROTATION..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH VEGETATION

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