NTSB Identification: FTW84LA090.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23184.
Accident occurred Saturday, December 10, 1983 in ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Aircraft: BELL 222U, registration: N3177G
Injuries: 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 WAS PARKED ON THE RAMP, FACING EAST. WHEN THE PLT CALLED THE TOWER FOR CLEARANCE, HE REQUESTED A WEST DEPARTURE. THE PLT RECEIVED A CLEARANCE & WAS ADVISED OF TRAFFIC ON THE WEST RAMP (BEHIND THE HELICOPTER) & WAS INSTRUCTED NOT TO OVERFLY THE TRAFFIC. THE PLT LIFTED OFF TO A HOVER & MADE A 90 DEG TURN TO SEE THE REFERENCED TRAFFIC. DURING THE TURN, HIS TAIL ROTOR STRUCK THE RIGHT WING OF A CESSNA R182, N122MW. AFTER THE STRIKE, THE TAIL ROTOR GEAR BOX SEPARATED & THE ACFT SPUN ABOUT 720 DEG BEFORE THE PLT CUT THE THROTTLES & EXECUTED A HOVERING AUTOROTATION.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND
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