NTSB Identification: FTW83LA274.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22706.
Accident occurred Sunday, June 12, 1983 in S. PADRE ISLAND, TX
Aircraft: HUGHES 369D, registration: N58258
Injuries: 1 Minor,3 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 HELICOPTER MADE A HARD TOUCHDOWN DURING A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING AFTER THE PLT FELT A TAIL ROTOR VIBRATION. THE LANDING WAS MADE ON A BEACH AND THE TOUCHDOWN COLLAPSED THE LEFT SIDE OF THE LANDING GEAR CROSS TUBE. THIS SEPARATED THETAIL BOOM. EXAMINATION OF THE TAIL ROTOR REVEALED THAT THE BLADES WERE VERY LOOSE ON THEIR CONICAL BEARINGS, INDICATING THAT THE BEARINGS WERE WORN. NO OTHER PROBLEMS WERE NOTED.

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

MISC ROTORCRAFT,TAIL CONE..LOOSE

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

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

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

FLARE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ROTOR SYSTEM,TAIL ROTOR BLADE..LOOSE

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

ROTOR SYSTEM,TAIL ROTOR HUB..VIBRATION


Contributing Factors

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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