NTSB Identification: FTW82IA401
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Incident occurred Thursday, September 30, 1982 in INTRACOASTAL CI, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/1983
Aircraft: BELL 214ST, registration: N2091E
Injuries: 20 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various sources and may not have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.

DURING CRUISE FLIGHT, THE CREW HEARD A LOUD "BANG" AND FELT A VIBRATION IN THE AIRCRAFT. THE FLIGHT WAS CONTINUED TO ITS DESTINATION WHICH WAS ABOUT 20 MILES AWAY AND TERMINATED WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE LEFT UPPER LONGERON FITTING HAD FAILED. NO DETERMINATION WAS MADE AS TO MODE OF FAILURE.

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

FUSELAGE,LONGERON..FAILURE,TOTAL

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