NTSB Identification: LAX86LA098.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30021.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Sunday, January 26, 1986 in LA HABRA, CA
Aircraft: BELL 222UT, registration: N3177G
Injuries: 2 Minor,4 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.

ON JANUARY 26, 1986 A BELL 222UT COLLIDED WITH A 3/8 INCH SUPPORT CABLE. THE PILOT SAW THE LOWER OF TWO OF THE THREE SUPPORT CABLES ABOUT 75 FEET AGL AS HE WAS TRANSITIONING TO FORWARD FLIGHT FROM A VERTICAL MAX PERFORMANCE T/O. THE PILOT APPLIED AFT CYCLIC AND INCREASED COLLECTIVE TO CLEAR THE CABLES. THE PILOT THEN SAW THE THIRD CABLE AS THE ACFT STRUCK IT. THE CABLE BECAME ENTANGLED IN THE TAIL ROTOR AND MOMENTARILY TETHERED THE AIRCRAFT. THE TAILROTOR AND TAIL ROTOR GEAR BOX SEPARATED, THUS FREEING THE AIRCRAFT. THE PILOT INITIATED THE EMERGENCY LANDING BY REDUCING BOTH THROTTLES TO THE ENGINE IDLE STOP TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT. THE AIRCRAFT LANDED HARD WHICH COLLAPSED THE SKIDS AND SEVERED THE TAILBOOM.

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

VERTICAL TAKEOFF..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ROTOR SYSTEM,TAIL ROTOR HUB..SEPARATION


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AUTOROTATION..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,STATIC


Contributing Factors

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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