NTSB Identification: ATL82FIJ01
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, May 09, 1982 in ATHENS, WV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/09/1983
Aircraft: BRANTLEY B-2B, registration: N2255U
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 HELICOPTER CRASHED IN A WOODED, ROCKY AREA WHILE THE PILOT WAS EN ROUTE FROM THE WELCH HOSPITAL TO HIS RESIDENCE IN ATHENS, WV. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE FUEL TANK BLADDER HAD RUPTURED, BUT NO ODOR OF FUEL WAS NOTED. LATER, THE ENGINE WAS OPERATIONALLY CHECKED. DURING THE FIRST ENGINE RUN, THE PRIMER LINE TO THE NUMBER 4 CYLINDER WAS FOUND TO BE LEAKING. IT WAS NOT DETERMINED WHETHER OR NOT THE FAILURE WAS CAUSED BY IMPACT. THE HELICOPTER HAD BEEN REFUELED ON 5/9/82 WITH 20.5 GALLONS OF FUEL. IT HAD BEEN FLOWN AN ESTIMATED 1.3 HRS SINCE THAT TIME.

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

MISCELLANEOUS..UNDETERMINED


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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