NTSB Identification: LAX84LA078.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21844.
Accident occurred Sunday, November 27, 1983 in CALIENTE, CA
Aircraft: HUGHES 369D, registration: N1112B
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.

REPORTLY, THE PLT HAD INSTRUCTED THE GROUND CREW TO PLACE THE EXTERNAL CABLE\SLINGS IN THE CARGO AREA OF THE HELICOPTER. HOWEVER, THEY CONNECTED THE CABLE TO THE EXTERNAL HOOK. THE PLT WAS NOT AWARE OF THIS & TOOK OFF. AFTER TAKEOFF, THE CABLE HIT THE TAIL ROTOR & BECAME WRAPPED AROUND THE AFT SECTION OF THE HELICOPTER. THE PLT STATED THAT HE HEARD A LOUD NOISE AFTER TAKING OFF, BUT AT 1ST, EVERYTHING SEEMED OK. SHORTLY AFTER THAT, WHILE DESCENDING, THE HELICOPTER BEGAN TO YAW. HE TRIED TO FLY THE HELICOPTER AWAY FROM A TREE LINE. HOWEVER, HE LOST CONTROL, THE CRAFT BEGAN TO SPIN TO THE RIGHT, AND SUBSEQUENTLY, IT CRASHED INTO A CLEARING.

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

INSTRUCTIONS,WRITTEN/VERBAL..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MISC EQPT/FURNISHINGS..OTHER

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

INTERPRETATION OF INSTRUCTIONS..IMPROPER..GROUND PERSONNEL

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

ROTOR DRIVE SYSTEM..FOREIGN OBJECT DAMAGE



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