NTSB Identification: LAX84LA041.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21493.
Accident occurred Wednesday, November 02, 1983 in CASTROVILLE, CA
Aircraft: Continental Copters TOMCAT MARK 5A, registration: N9092T
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 HELICOPTER LANDED HARD DURING A FORCED LANDING AFTER A POWER LOSS. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED ON THE LAST SWATH RUN. WHEN THE ENGINE STOPPED THE ACFT WAS 6 FT AGL. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT THE ENGINE STOPPED FROM FUEL STARVATION. ON RECOMMENDATION FOR PREVENTION THE PILOT STATED 'ALLOWING MORE FUEL RESERVE AND NOT RELYING ON FUEL GAUGES'.

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

FUEL SUPPLY..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AUTOROTATION..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLARE..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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