NTSB Identification: MIA02FA100.
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Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Friday, May 24, 2002 in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/24/2005
Aircraft: Bell 206L-1, registration: N80PH
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

According to the pilot, while en route at an altitude of 400 feet, he heard a big bang and felt a "strong" left and right yaw. He performed an emergency shutdown of the engine, and did an autorotation landing on a beach. The investigation revealed fracture failure of the no.4 engine bearing. At the time of the accident, the roller bearings had approximately 5,487 hours since being installed in the engine on June 12, 1992, which was subsequently installed on the helicopter on September 3, 1992.

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

The excessive rate of descent by the pilot-in-command during the autorotative landing resulting in a hard landing, following a total loss of engine power caused by failure of the No. 4 bearing.

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