NTSB Identification: LAX83FA266.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20735.
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 07, 1983 in MESA, AZ
Aircraft: ENSTROM F28C, registration: N51684
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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 PILOT HAD TAKEN OFF, WENT INTO A NORMAL HOVER, THEN TRAVELED ABOUT 200 FEET FOR A PATTERN CLIMB-OUT WHEN HE RADIOED THE TOWER THAT THE ACFT DID NOT FEEL RIGHT. THE ACFT STARTED TO FISHTAIL. THE PILOT TRIED TO AUTOROTATE BUT COULD NOT STOP THE RATE OF DESCENT. THE PILOT HAD ONLY ONE HOUR IN THIS MODEL. THE COMPANY WHO HAD JUST INSPECTED THE ACFT WANTED THE PILOT TO TAKE MORE DUAL INSTRUCTION BEFORE THIS FLIGHT, BUT THE PILOT WAS IN A HURRY AND DECLINED.

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:

ADEQUATE ROTOR RPM..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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

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