NTSB Identification: SEA83LA119.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21366.
Accident occurred Monday, June 06, 1983 in NEAR RANDLE, WA
Aircraft: BELL 205A-1, registration: N98HJ
Injuries: 1 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 ACFT WAS ENGAGED IN LOG SLINGING OPERATIONS AND HAD JUST RELEASED A LOAD AND INITIATED A CLIMB AWAY FROM THE SITE WHEN ACCORDING TO THE PILOT THE ENGINE STARTED TO SPOOL DOWN, ALTHOUGH THE PILOT WAS ABLE RETURN TO THE LOG-LANDINGAREA THERE WAS INSUFFICIENET ALTITUDE FOR AUTOROTATION AND A HARD LANDING OCCURRED. THE OPERATOR REPORTED THAT AN EXAMINATION OF THE ACFT TRANSMISSION ASSEMBLY REVEALED THAT THE CLUTCH ASSEMBLY HAD DISINTEGRATED.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:ROTOR DRIVE SYSTEM,CLUTCH ASSEMBLY..DISINTEGRATED
TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH VEGETATION
AUTOROTATION..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND
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