NTSB Identification: FTW82FRJ10
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 05, 1982 in COTTONPORT, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/05/1983
Aircraft: CONTINENTAL TOMCAT MK6C, registration: N9098T
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 PLT WAS FAMILIARIZING HIMSELF WITH THE ACFT & THE LOCAL AREA. THE PLT'S LOG BOOK SHOWED ONLY ONE HOUR OF FLT TIME LOGGED BETWEEN 9/23/81 & THE DATE OF THE ACCIDENT. WITNESSES OBSERVED THE ACFT FLYING FOR SOME TIME OVER THE CITY AT 300-400 FT AGL MAKING FIGURE 8 PATTERNS OR MANEUVERS SIMILAR TO AGRICULTURAL SPRAYING. THEY ALSO OBSERVED DEBRIS FALLINGFROM THE ACFT PRIOR TO IMPACT WITH THE GROUND. THE TAIL ROTOR DRIVE SHAFT WAS FOUND 3 BLOCKS FROM THE WRECKAGE & WAS FOUND BROKEN INTO 5 PIECES APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN STRUCK BY THE MAIN ROTOR (M/R) BLADES. THE TAIL BOOM WAS BROKEN INTO 30-40 PIECES. THE STATIC STOP HAD INDICATIONS OF HEAVY CONTACT WITHIN THE M/R GIMBAL. THE STOP APPEARED TO BE BENT SEVERELY WHICH INDICATED EXCESSIVE FLAPPING OF THE M/R BLADES.

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

MISC ROTORCRAFT,TAIL BOOM..SEPARATION

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

ROTORCRAFT FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

INADEQUATE RECURRENT TRAINING..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF RECENT TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF RECENT EXPERIENCE IN KIND OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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