NTSB Identification: FTW67A0065
14 CFR Part 91 General Aviation
Aircraft: BELL 204-B, registration: N8540F

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 FILE    DATE          LOCATION          AIRCRAFT DATA       INJURIES       FLIGHT                        PILOT DATA
                                                               F  S M/N     PURPOSE
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2-1058  66/12/18   MORGAN CITY LA      BELL 204-B          CR-  0  0  2  NONCOMMERCIAL             COMMERCIAL, FL.INSTR.,
        TIME - 1045                    N8540F              PX-  0  0  0  PRACTICE                  AGE 42, 3374 TOTAL HOURS,
                                       DAMAGE-SUBSTANTIAL  OT-  0  0  0                            110 IN TYPE, NOT
                                                                                                   INSTRUMENT RATED.
        TYPE OF ACCIDENT                                         PHASE OF OPERATION
           ENGINE FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION                            IN FLIGHT: NORMAL CRUISE
           GEAR COLLAPSED                                           LANDING: POWER-OFF AUTOROTATIVE LANDING
        PROBABLE CAUSE(S)
           MISCELLANEOUS ACTS,CONDITIONS - SIMULATED CONDITIONS
           AIRFRAME - LANDING GEAR: MAIN GEAR-SHOCK ABSORBING ASSY,STRUTS,ATTACHMENTS,ETC.
           MISCELLANEOUS ACTS,CONDITIONS - MATERIAL FAILURE
           MISCELLANEOUS ACTS,CONDITIONS - UNAPPROVED MODIFICATION
           PERSONNEL - MAINTENANCE,SERVICING,INSPECTION: IMPROPER MAINTENANCE (OWNER PERSONNEL)
        FACTOR(S)
           MISCELLANEOUS ACTS,CONDITIONS - AIRCRAFT CAME TO REST IN WATER
        REMARKS- FRONT AND AFT CROSS-OVER TUBES FAILED. OPERATOR MODIFICATION ALTERED DESIGN STRENGTH.

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