NTSB Identification: NYC82FHJ04A
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 25, 1982 in NEW YORK, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/1983
Aircraft: BELL 206L, registration: N16696
Injuries: 2 Minor,4 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.
THE ACCIDENT INVOLVED TWO BELL 206L HELICOPTERS THAT WERE PARKED BESIDE ONE ANOTHER, BUT HEADED IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS. BEFORE THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED, ONE OF THE HELICOPTERS, N16696, WAS OPERATING WITH THE ROTORS AT ABOUT 60% RPM (FLIGHT IDLE) WHILE PASSENGERS WERE BEING LOADED. MEANWHILE, THE PILOT OF THE OTHER HELICOPTER, N49575, ARRIVED, UNTIED THE ROTOR, AND STARTED THE ENGINE. WHEN N49575 WAS STARTED, THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES OF THE TWO HELICOPTERS COLLIDED. A PASSENGER THAT WAS BEING BOARDED ON N16696 AND A RAMP ATTENDANT WERE INJURED BY FLYING DEBRIS.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT OF OTHER AIRCRAFT
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