NTSB Identification: ATL83LA011
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Friday, October 15, 1982 in COPE, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/15/1983
Aircraft: TOMCAT MK68, registration: N9080T
Injuries: 1 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.

BEFORE STARTING HIS TAKEOFF FROM A TRAILER, THE PILOT FAILED TO INSURE THAT HIS HELPER HAD RELEASED THE RIGHT REAR TIEDOWN CHAIN. DURING LIFT-OFF, THE HELICOPTER RAISED THE TRAILER ABOUT 2 TO 3 FT BEFORE THE CHAIN. BROKE. SIMULTANEOUSLY, THE HELICOPTER WAS PULLED TO THE RIGHT AND REARWARD. THE PILOT STATED THERE WAS NO TIME TO MAKE A CORRECTION. THE HELICOPTER CRASHED ABOUT 4 TO 5 FT FROM THE TRAILER.

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

MISC EQPT/FURNISHINGS..NOT REMOVED

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..GROUND PERSONNEL

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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